Man finishes swim to Detroit hauling bricks

Jim Dreyer, right, a long-distance swimmer, is helped by his crew before taking off from the Clinton River Boat Club in Clay Township, Mich., Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Jim Dreyer, right, a long-distance swimmer, is helped by his crew before taking off from the Clinton River Boat Club in Clay Township, Mich., Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — A long-distance swimmer who calls himself “The Shark” has finished a 22-mile swim in Lake St. Clair near the Michigan-Canada border.

Jim Dreyer had been hauling two dinghies since Monday bearing 334 bricks weighing more than 2,000 pounds. By Wednesday morning, however, he only was hauling one for the swim’s final stretch.

Dreyer finished late Wednesday morning at Detroit’s Belle Isle, nearly 51 hours after starting Monday.

Dryer told reporters on the beach that he wanted to show “we don’t have to sink with the weight of our burdens.”

Dreyer had expected to finish Tuesday after about 30 hours, but he says waves along the way slowed him down.

Dreyer has made direct crossings of the five Great Lakes. He’s raising money for Habitat for Humanity.

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