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September 3, 2013

Ex-Marine, 92, fails in bid to swim across NH lake

ASHLAND, N.H. (AP) — A 92-year-old ex-Marine known as the Paddling Professor has come up short in his bid to swim 2 miles across a New Hampshire lake.

Harry Briggs was trying to swim across Little Squam Lake and raise money for the Plymouth State University women’s tennis team, whose members cheered him on.

He entered the water Monday afternoon at Riveredge Marina in Ashland. He made it about two-thirds of the way to his destination at Walter’s Basin Restaurant in Holderness.

Spokesman Mike Moffett says Briggs swam into a headwind and had to be treated for hypothermia.

Briggs teaches in the winter in Leesville, La. He has swum across Lake Erie and in shark-infested waters between Corsica and Sardinia. He says he’s going to recharge his batteries after his Labor Day swim before he decides what to do next.

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