Rhode Island man plans 19-mile charity swim
Posted On July 22, 2021
JAMESTOWN, RI (AP) – A Rhode Island man plans to swim 19 miles from Block Island to Jamestown later this month to raise money for a nonprofit that works to keep the oceans clean.
Ben Tuff’s grueling swim on July 31 will raise funds for Clean Ocean Access. Just two years ago, he swam 23 miles around Conanicut Island to raise more than $ 54,000 for the organization, the Newport Daily News reported..
Tuff is director of admissions at Rumsey Hall School in Connecticut and a former triathlete who grew up in Jamestown.
To ensure his safety, he will wear an anti-shark device. About two meters long, the aircraft will drag behind it.
It can be a burden, but Tuff said it will give him peace of mind during part of the swim when he can’t see land.
Two boats and a paddle boarder will follow him while swimming. He estimates that the swim will take one to two hours longer than his swim around Jamestown Island in 2019 which lasted nine hours and 11 minutes, but that depends a lot on the currents.