Ocean swim nets more than $19,500 for LifeFlight
Lincolnville — In the early morning light at Ducktrap Bay in Lincolnville Aug. 17, shadows moved about, donning wetsuits and numbered swim caps and gathering personal floatation devices and paddles after checking in with organizers of the Islesboro Crossing.
A total of 38 swimmers participated in the open water swim from Lincolnville to Islesboro, collecting donations totaling, as of the end of the swim Aug. 17, more than $19,500 to benefit LifeFlight of Maine.
Support for the swimmers ranged from kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboarders to volunteers hustling dry clothes, water and snacks aboard several boats to medical personnel standing by at both the Lincolnville start and Islesboro conclusion. The 3-mile swim — touted as a fundraiser, not a race — drew swimmers of all kinds and ages. Participants dove into the water just after 6 a.m. and the first finisher reached Islesboro around 7:20 a.m.; the last swimmer made landfall at Grindle Point just after 9:30 a.m.
While waters were mostly calm on the bay, the current pulled a number of swimmers slightly off the anticipated course, leading the Coast Guard to reroute the ferry around swimmers still making their way to Islesboro.
What began as a small, personal fundraiser inspired by a night of waiting in the emergency room unexpectedly grew into a field of nearly 40 swimmers.
Rockland resident Jessie Davis said in a press release that while waiting at the hospital, she was struck by the challenges of providing emergency care on an island when she spotted an Islesboro ambulance. When she discovered a group of friends planning to make the 3-mile swim between Lincolnville and Islesboro, Davis decided to promote her swim as a fundraiser. Event organizers announced Saturday Davis raised the highest amount of donations.
According to information provided by LifeFlight, nearly all of the money raised will directly support the nonprofit air and medical critical care transport organization.
Those participating in the swim included, in alphabetical order, Julian Abaldo, Beth Anderson, Denise Anderson, Tyler Arndt, Ellen Best, Lauren Borisoff, Hodding Carter, Jessie Davis, Jay Fonseca, John Gale, Bayard Gilbert, JoAnna Greenwood, Gail Groening, George Haselton, Eliza Haselton, Sarah Haselton, Owen Howell, Angela Iannicelli, Gabrielle Ingerson, Diane Ingerson, Bailey Johnson, Susan L. Knight, Davis Lee, Reed Lowden, Sam Manhart, Lianne McCluskey, Scott Nelson, Cara O'Donnell, Alina Perez, Isabella Pierson, Steven Pixley, Brandon Riordan, Kristen Robertson, Adam Scott, Maureen Scott, Chloe Squibb, Adam Weiner and M. Curtis Whittaker.
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