Michigan Couple Will Try to Swim Across Lake Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan couple plan to swim more than 50 miles across Lake Michigan to raise awareness about depression after childbirth.
Sara and Jeff Tow plan to take a boat to Wisconsin on Sunday and then wait for good weather to start swimming from Two Rivers, Wis., to Ludington, Mich.
The Tows, who live in the Grand Rapids area, are trying to draw attention to postpartum depression, which affected both of them after having two children. Jeff Tow tells The Grand Rapids Press (bit.ly/QR5Wrg) that a "significant statement" sometimes is necessary to get noticed. The marathon swim is their statement.
They will be assisted in a boat by Jim Dreyer, a swimmer who conquered Lake Michigan in 1998. Dreyer says lake conditions will play a big role.


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  • by Kris Location: Holt on Aug 21, 2012 at 08:48 AM
    They did this to raise awareness of the PPD and to get people talking about it. They are both distance swimmers and trained with Jim Deyer who swam across the lake successfully in 1998. They didn't make it to shore due to currents but swam over 50 miles which is the distance from WI to MI at that point. There was a team on a boat with them the entire way for safety.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Aug 14, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    Talk about having too much time on your hands!!
  • by Sue Location: Lansing on Aug 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    Okaaaay? Are they doing this to raise money for PPD? Or, just to get away from their children? Seems just a little bit crazy to me. I hope they make it back home safely to their children.
  • by Bob Location: Holt on Aug 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    I would think that folks can donate to KEEP THEM from doing something that stupid....Pay them to keep them alive I reckon. 50% for the fund the other 50% towards the rescue then....
  • by HJ Location: Lansing on Aug 13, 2012 at 08:59 AM
    Meanwhile, they drown and leave both their children without parents. Those children will grow up and find it necessary to swim that same path for "people who lose their parents that try to swim across Lake Michigan." I guess they will get attention if that's what they are seeking. Are they taking donations or something?
  • by Cletus Location: Little Lake, MI on Aug 13, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    Its not impossble. Its been done before. And if they raised their own money to cover the cost of the support staff, boats, and other associated costs, then its their lake to conquer. I wish them the best of luck.
  • by James Location: Jackson on Aug 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    How ignorant can some people be? Are you serious? It is impossible to swim that far and it will end up costing money to rescue them.
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