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Strait swim ends short

July 29th, 2013 - 10:42am

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A 26-year-old Seattle man attempting to swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca came up short.

Andrew Malinak pushed off from the southern tip of Vancouver Island Sunday morning, intending to touch bottom again in the afternoon near Port Angeles.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/13gZFfh ) he was thwarted by 46-degree water and a westerly current that pulled him off course. Malinak gave up about two miles from Crescent Beach. He was in the water more than seven hours.

Four supporters in a 26-foot catamaran and a kayak made sure he was safe.

Malinak had been training eight months in Puget Sound at Seattle. He would have been the eighth person to swim across the 12-mile strait. The first was in 1955.


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