2-year-old Autistic Girl Swims 36 km In Arabian Sea, Sets Record

The 12-year-old daughter of an Indian Navy sailor has made history by swimming 36 km in the Arabian Sea to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), officials said.

Jiya Rai an Autism Spectrum Disorder patient is the daughter of sailor Madan Rai and swam the distance from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India in 8 hours and 40 min on Wednesday.

“She dedicated the swimming feat to raise awareness about autism,” the statement added.

Jiya who is a Class VII student of the Navy Children’s School has set a new world record by becoming the youngest girl with ASD to swim 14 kms in the open sea,” said an official, adding that the feat would be certified by the concerned authorities.

Jiya entered into the sea at the BWSL at 3.40 a.m. and reached her destination 36 kms away at 12.30 p.m. She was welcomed with cheers and clapping by the assembled crowd.

Jiya was then congratulated with a trophy by President of Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association Zarir N. Baliwala and others at a function near the Gateway of India.

In February, 2020, Jiya had completed the treacherous swim from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island, a distance of 14 kms, in 3 hours and 27 minutes, creating a world record for being the youngest girl with ASD to swim 14 kms in the open sea.

The record-creating event on February 17 was conducted under supervision of Swimming Association of Maharashtra and associated with the FIT India Movement of the Union Ministry of Youth & Sports Affairs.