Fastest Amphibious Channel Crossing-world
record set by LMT Maritime
LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- An amphibious waterfront powerboat
"Sealegs" crossed the 32 nautical mile (60km)
channel between Langkawi Island to Kuala Perlis (Malaysia)
in 39 minutes and 11 seconds, setting the world record for
Amphibious Channel Crossing.
Photo: Land and sea use: Ibrahim (right)
and McKee Wright riding the amphibious vessel into the Book
of Records. Note the wheel at the front of the vehicle. It
is put to use once the vessel touches land. (enlarge
The feat was accomplished by LMT Maritime
Sdn Bhd managing director Ibrahim Ali Abdul Wahab and
Sealegs Corporation chief executive officer David McKee
"The channel crossing proves the capability
of Sealegs both on water and off" , said Ibrahim.
The is the first time an amphibious waterfront
powerboat has crossed the 32 nautical mile (60km) channel
between Kuah and Kuala Perlis.
“We were travelling at a speed of between
40 and 50 knots,” McKee Wright said.
Ibrahim said the attempt showed the amphibious
vehicle's capability on and off water.
He also expressed gratitude to the Fire
and Rescue Department and a scuba team for escorting and ensuring
“The Fire and Rescue Services is evaluating purchase
of an amphibious vessel. Firemen could carry out their duties
at sea and on land using such amphibious vessels,” he added.
The "Sealegs" is the world's
first Amphibious craft created and developed to ease out the
hassle of boat launching and retrieval process.
The "Sealegs" is not only
designed for leisure but it was also ideal for rescue missions
for water operations.