Swimmer is appealing to local boaters for help with Lake Huron swim

Specific requirements for support boats will make Port Sanilac, Mich., to Port Franks attempt a real possibility

Elizaabeth Fry, right, is pictured with Marilyn Bell Di Lascio at Niagara-on-the-Lake in November 2017. Bell was the first person to cross any of the Great Lakes when she completed a swim of Lake Ontario on Sept. 8, 1954 at the age of 16.

Elizabeth Fry, a competitive open water swimmer who has already crossed Lake Ontario (in September 2017) and hopes to cross Lake Huron later this month, is looking for some specific help as she prepares for her swim.

Fry, who is working with John Bulsza, a swim master with Solo Swims of Ontario, the sanctioning organization, needs to acquire portions of a flotilla to support the crossing, which will go from Port Sanilac, Mich. and finish at Port Franks, Ont.

Bulsza, who lives in London but is a member of the Sarnia Yacht Club, made the same crossing as Fry is wanting to attempt in 1997.

Fry lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Anyone who is able to help with the main support boats is asked to contact Bulsza at (519) 636-2882.

The swim Fry is aiming to complete on the August 10 weekend is 34.5 miles in total.

Fry began her open water swimming passion as an eight-year-old camper at Camp Akomak on Ahmic Lake, 250 km north of Toronto.

On September 11, 2017, she successfully swam Lake Ontario (31.4 miles) in 15 hours, landing at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto.

She has completed six crossings of the English Channel, including a two-way, and has been inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Fry’s goal is to swim all five Great Lakes.

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