The eight-year-old was accompanied by her father Aravind and a team of divers, safety swimmers, and doctors. “We planned to start swimming at 6 in the morning. But it rained and we started swimming around 7.40. The temperature dropped suddenly and my daughter started shivering and got muscle cramps. So, every time she gets cramps, we were helping her release muscle spasms. That was the only challenge we faced. We kept the target of 18 km, but to our surprise, she swam for 19 km. Thaaragai Aarathana started floating in the water she was nine months old and started to swim by the time she turned three. Whenever I go scuba diving, I take my daughter along with me. She has seen me collecting plastic which gets dumped and washed into the sea. That’s how she developed an interest in saving the ocean,” explains Aravind Tharunsri.