Man completes 22-mile swim with 1 ton of bricks

DETROIT, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A long distance swimmer has completed his 22-mile trip across a Michigan lake while towing a ton of bricks after more than 50 hours in the water.

Jim Dreyer, 49, arrived at Detroit's Belle Island at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday after starting his Lake St. Clair swim at 8:36 a.m. Monday while towing two inflatable boats filled with a total 1 ton of bricks, reported Thursday.


Dreyer, an experienced long-distance swimmer who has previously crossed Lake Superior, said his trip took about 21 hours longer than he expected because he drifted back some when he fell asleep and he spent some time lost. He made the swim without the help of a support boat.

The swimmer said the bricks he towed across the lake will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

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