Lake Geneva gets mail delivered by boat jumpers

In this June 26, 2013, photo Garrett Robers tries to avoid people on a pier on Lake Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wis. He's one of the people who delivers mail on the lake in the summer by jumping off a boat, delivering the mail and jumping back on the moving boat. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — The only mail delivery in the country that uses teens and college students who jump back and forth from boats is nearing its 100th summer.

The carriers are hired to jump to piers, hustle to mailboxes on the docks and scurry back to the boat — without falling in.

A never-stopping boat delivers to the 60 or so mansions on Lake Geneva in Walworth County, southern Wisconsin.

The boat can carry about 150 people each morning and runs from mid-June to mid-September.

The U.S. Postal Service pays Gage Marine, which runs Lake Geneva Cruise Line, $1 a year to deliver the mail.

It’s been done every summer since 1916. The captain of the boat, Neill Frame, has been doing it for 40 years.


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