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Pair of veteran swimmers cross Kaiwi Channel

Liz Fry and Marcy McDonald (Image: Kelli Fitter) Liz Fry and Marcy McDonald (Image: Kelli Fitter)
(Image: Ivan Shigaki) (Image: Ivan Shigaki)
HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It took two women 17 hours and 27 minutes to swim one of the roughest channels in the Pacific on Sunday.

Liz Fry and Marcy Macdonald, both from Connecticut, started their journey through the Ka'iwi Channel Saturday at around 9 p.m.. They left Kepuhi Beach on Moloka'i and arrived at Sandy Beach around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

The women, who are both in their late 50s, have swam other channels before, but this one brought new challenges.

"For people used to swimming in warm water this is very hard for them they get tired, very overheated, and very tired and dehydrated so its challenging to swim in cold water for us but its very challenging for them to swim in warm water," said Linda Kaiser of the Kaiwi Channels Swimmer association.

Before Sunday, only 35 other swimmers have crossed the Ka'iwi channel.

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