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Man swims 19 miles from Block Island to Jamestown for charity

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JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A local man spent his Sunday swimming nonstop from Block Island to Jamestown.

Ben Tuff raised more than $92,000 for Clean Ocean Access, an environmental non-profit working to keep Rhode Island waters clean and accessible.

Tuff took off at 5:09 a.m. and was met by a crowd of spectators upon his arrival to Jamestown at 2:39 p.m.

“Super thrilled to connect with so many people that believe in our local efforts to improve ocean health,” Executive Director Dave McLaughlin said. “Ben showed what determination and hard work can deliver, now it’s our time to educate and inspire the community to take action with environmentally responsible behaviors, positioning the ocean state as the leader for taking good care of the environment.”

Tuff has been training every day for a year for Sunday’s swim. He did not wear a wetsuit and was only accompanied by a support vessel nearby and a friend paddle-boarding the route alongside him.

In August 2019, Tuff raised more than $54,000 when he swam 23 miles nonstop. He’s hopeful this latest swim will inspire people to donate.

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