Man in middle of swim to Detroit hauling bricks

8/6/2013
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Jim Dreyer, a long-distance swimmer, adjusts his mask before taking off from the Clinton River Boat Club in Clay Township, Mich., Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks. Dreyer has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes. The event is to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. The swim is expected to take 30 hours and end Tuesday at Detroit's Belle Isle. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Long-distance swimmer Jim Dreyer takes off from the Clinton River Boat Club in Clay Township, Mich., Monday to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks.
Long-distance swimmer Jim Dreyer takes off from the Clinton River Boat Club in Clay Township, Mich., Monday to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks.

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich.  — A long-distance swimmer who calls himself “The Shark” is in the middle of a 30-hour, 22-mile dip in Lake St. Clair near the Michigan-Canada border.

Jim Dreyer is hauling two dinghies filled with 334 bricks weighing a total of more than 2,000 pounds.

Long-distance swimmer Jim Dreyer swims across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks. Dreyer has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes.
Long-distance swimmer Jim Dreyer swims across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks. Dreyer has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes.

An online tracker showed him roughly half done early today.

He began Monday morning and plans to end later today at Detroit’s Belle Isle.

One dinghy is equipped with a radar target so Dreyer will show up on radar screens. He has to feed himself and doesn’t plan to leave the water until coming ashore in Detroit.

Dreyer has made direct crossings of the five Great Lakes. He’s trying to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.