Short Words of Life “Mihir Sen”
Mihir Sen was the first Asian to float the English Channel in 1958, not the first Asian. He made 5 important records by achieving unique skill in ‘Salt Water’ swimming. He was awarded the Padmashree in 1959 and was awarded ‘Padmabhushan’ in 1967.
Mihir Sen’s life introduction: Mihir Sen was a Barrister in Calcutta High Court, but he is known as the swimmer making a record. He was born on November 16, 1930, in a place named Purulia of West Bengal. His father was a doctor in Cuttack.
Mihir Sen went to England to prepare for his advocacy, but there he got attracted towards the English Channel’s swimming. Initially, he also made some unsuccessful attempts to swim through the channel. But on 27 September 1958, he was able to swim across the English Channel, thus he was the first Asian to cross the English Channel, not the first Asian. They took 14 hours and 45 minutes to cross the English Channel. He switched it from Swimming Dover to Calais. In this way, they opened new ways to achieve greater skill in swimming long distance for other Indian swimmers by their courage and swimming.
His next adventurous adventure was swimming from Sri Lankan’s Taalimannar to Dhanushkoti of India, which he started on April 6, 1966, in 25 hours and 44 minutes. This park strait was full of many poisonous snakes and sharks. His adventure was supported by the Indian Navy.
After this, Mihir Sen crossed Gibraltar Dar-e-Daniel in 8 hours and 1 minute on August 24, 1966, which is between Spain and Morocco. Mihir Sen, who crossed Gibraltar, was the first Asian It seemed that he decided to swim across all the seven seas and in fact he crossed the many seas and established five new records in 1966.
On September 12, 1966, he swims across the Dardanelles. He was the first person in the world to cross Dardanelles. After nine days of her, i.e., on 21st September swim Vasafaras and cross it.
On October 29, 1966, he began swimming across the Panama Canal in length. Due to crossing the length, they crossed the distance in two stages. Starting on October 29, swimming in Panama ended on October 31, 1966. They swim for 34 hours and 15 minutes to cross the Panama Canal.
Mihir Sen made a total of 600 km of sea swimming. He set a new record by swimming six miles long in the same calendar year. Mihir Sen, who swim across the seven oceans of five continents, was the first person in the world.
Due to these same achievements, he was awarded ‘Padmashree’ by the Government of India in 1959 and he was awarded Padmabhushan in 1967.
Mihir Sen was an incomparable swimmer who took the risk of such a big swim on his own strength and hard work. He was the President of the Explorer Club of India. In the last days of his life, he lost his mentor and lived a life of hardships.
On June 11, 1997, Mihir Sen died at Kolkata, aged 67 years.
Mihir Sen, who crossed the English Channel in 1998, was the first Indian.
In 1959 he was awarded ‘Padmashri’.
In 1966, Mihir Sen swam across seven continents of five continents. He was the first person in this world to perform this unique task.
In 1967, Mihir Sen was awarded ‘Padmabhushan’.