As the sun rises, Neil Agius is on the final stretch of his epic Sicily-Malta marathon swim and is expected to finish way earlier than originally planned.
Agius has covered a total of 91.17 km since he first took off from Pozzallo in Sicily yesterday morning and has a total of 11.5 km left, according to a live Facebook video on his Wave For Change page.
But that was over an hour ago, which means Agius is even closer to Malta’s shores and will arrive way ahead of his originally expected 4pm finish.
In fact, sources on Agius’ team out at sea indicate that he’ll be in St Julian’s in less than two hours and he’s even got some swimmers to support him on his final stretch!
Months and months of hard work have paid off for the legendary swimmer who will be the second person ever to complete the Sicily-Malta swim after Nicky Farrugia who completed the feat in 1985.
And he’s doing it all for a good cause.
Neil is swimming for #WaveOfChange, an anti-plastic pollution campaign, which calls on the public to gather three items of litter from the sea to raise awareness of the harm such neglect causes to our environment.
Last summer, he and four other swimmers swam around Gozo, and the summer before that, he completed a 22-hour swim around Malta.
And in just a few moments, he’ll add Sicily-Malta to his list of accolades.