Experienced open-water swimmers from across Maine are ready to take part in the inaugural “Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight.” The challenging 3-mile swim from Lincolnville to the island of Islesboro in Penobscot Bay is intended to raise funds and awareness for LifeFlight of Maine. What started out as a handful of people setting a modest goal for themselves has turned into 40 motivated swimmers who have already raised more than $14,000.

“We are stunned at how quickly this small group of people have generated this kind of local support in just the last few weeks,” said Thomas Judge, executive director of LifeFlight. “It’s a good illustration of how LifeFlight touches everyone in Maine, whether you’re on an island or a mountain, in a car accident or suffer a heart attack.”

Nearly all of the money raised will go directly to support LifeFlight of Maine, a nonprofit charity organization that provides critical care transport throughout the state. LifeFlight relies on private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and emergency medical aircraft.

Participants in the swim are helping LifeFlight fulfill their promise to be there for all Maine people who need critical care transport in life-threatening situations.

The swim takes place Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at 6 a.m.


To support the swimmers in their endeavor, visit lifeflightmaine.org. Choose a specific swimmer to support, or leave that field blank and simply support the event.

Keep tabs on the swimmers via the LifeFlight Facebook page or follow the event on Twitter @LifeFlightMaine.