Man swims from Sidon to Beirut to promote coastal cleanup
Lebanese swimmer Mashhour Farhat awarded at a ceremony in Sidon, Aug. 30, 2016. (The Daily Star/ NNA)
The Daily Star
BEIRUT: A Lebanese man concluded a 12-hour swim Friday from the southern coast of Sidon to Beirut’s southern suburbs aimed at highlighting national unity and raising awareness over environmental and health issues.
The 51-year-old swimmer Mashhour Farhat set off from the Sidon coast at 5:30 a.m. and arrived in the southern Beirut suburb of Ghobeiry, near the Summerland beach resort, at around 5 p.m.
His 40-kilometer journey passed through the coasts of Rmeileh, Jiyeh, Khaldeh and Ouzai.
Upon his arrival, Farhat called on the government to clean up the coast.
“I train at Ain al-Mreisseh every day for six hours, and I always have to run away from sewage. They need to clean it up. I will clean it up if they want,” he said.
He also said that the swim was aimed at motivating Lebanon's youth to become more healthy and quit smoking.
Farhat was welcomed at the resort by Ghobeiry Mayor Moen Munir Khalil and other members of the municipality.
“This is a message for the Lebanese government to take responsibility for cleaning its coast,” Khalil told reporters.