Man swims to Detroit hauling brick-laden dinghies

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Associated Press

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 5:34 PM

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" is in the middle of Lake St. Clair near the Michigan-Canada border for a 30-hour, 22-mile dip.

If that isn't enough, Jim Dreyer is hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks.

An online tracker showed him just beyond the one-third point at 7:45 p.m. Monday.

The 49-year-old has made direct crossings of all five Great Lakes.

He began Monday morning from a spot near Algonac and plans to end Tuesday at Detroit's Belle Isle.

He doesn't have a support boat, but one dinghy has a radar target so Dreyer will show up on radar screens. He must feed himself and won't leave the water until landing in Detroit.

Dreyer's crossing is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

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