- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) - A North Carolina doctor says he fell a quarter-mile short of swimming across Lake Michigan, from Wisconsin to Michigan.

Dr. Chris Lechner was rescued Monday night off Saugatuck, Michigan. He tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1haPaEx ) that riptides pulled him south of his destination, a lighthouse in Holland, Michigan.

Lechner says he was swimming in circles and stopped after 95 miles. He says he felt “very strong” but his mind was “getting fuzzier.” He had a satellite phone, a paddleboard and other supplies.

The U.S. Coast Guard says local authorities in Saugatuck pulled Lechner into a boat. He had been in Lake Michigan for three days after starting in Racine, Wisconsin.

Lechner, a hand surgeon in Asheville, North Carolina, says he’s pleased with his effort, despite falling short.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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