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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Swimming across Lake Michigan with updates

My colleague Dave Schwab sent the following message this morning:
Jeff and Sara Tow, a couple from the Grand Rapids area, have started their attempt to swim across Lake Michigan this morning:
"TEAM TOW" IS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE IN TWO RIVERS, WI (7:30 Wisconsin time) AND READY TO GET IN THE WATER TO START THEIR 50 PLUS MILE SWIM ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN TO "BIG SAUBLE POINT LIGHTHOUSE" IN LUDINGTON, MI. IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLANS THEY SHOULD BE ON DRY LAND BY LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (Aug. 15th)! 
PLEASE KEEP THEM IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
You can read more about their project and follow their progress at: http://throughtheblue.org/
We sincerely wishing them a safe, smooth, and totally successful swimming across Lake Michigan!


UPDATE 08/16/2012:

Here are updates from their facebook site:

Jeff & Sara both exit water w/ 11 miles to go. 
18 hours ago via SPOT Device


Swimmers and crew are safe and sound after fighting a strong northeast currents that prevented them from making little progress. The prolonged swim made fighting off, exhaustion, nausia, and dehydreation impossible - after boarding the boat for medical evaluation Team Tow attempted to come in via kayak. Shortly thereafter, they were declaired medically unable to continue the swim by thier crew physical trainer and paramedic aboard the boat. The team was brought into the Ludington City Marina via their support boat and were evaluated by EMS. Jeff and Sara have been determined stable, however, as a procaution, they have been taken to Memorial Medical Center in Ludington for further evaluation.
13 hours ago




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