Sixty years ago, to be exact, on 25.03.1954, Murugupillai Navaratnasamy, a native of Valvettithurai, became the first man, the first Tamil man to swim across Palk straights and made the Tamils of Eelam and world over proud.
He commenced his swim from a point in close proximity to Thondaimanaru Bridge and made non-stop swim to Kodikarai in India around 18 sea miles away. He was acclaimed by people all over the world and drew a citation from Queen Elizebeth II the queen of England.
His younger son Balachandran also is an accomplished swimmer who can swim with his hand and leg bound together.
A statue in memory of Navaratnasamy is to be erected at the point from where he commenced his swim.
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