14-year old in Lake Ontario
So here's a helluva story...
14-year old (!) Maya Farrell set off last night (8pm Eastern) from the mouth of the Niagara River to swim across Lake Ontario to Toronto.
This is a ~45km swim to "Vicki Keith Point" at the end of a spit hanging off the eastern edge of Toronto, or a ~50km swim to "Marilyn Bell Park" in western Toronto.
I am not sure what determines whether Lake Toronto swimmers head for a landmark named after one Canadian Marathon Swimming Hero vs the other - perhaps a Canadian among us can explain.
In any case, young Maya was heading to Vicki Keith Point.
Just in the last hour or so, it seemed as if she had reached her destination, after 22 hours (!!) in the water. But then... according to @LOSTswimmer Rob Kent, via FB:
I just found out that Maya did NOT actually make it... with only 400 meters to go they had to pull her out. There was a large thunder storm right there with plenty of lightning. So Miguel had to make the unbelievably tough decision and pull her out. A incredibly tough decision to make, and although the armchair quarterbacks might say say otherwise, safety is paramount. Maya is very tired and but understood it had to be done. Very disappointing, but still an amazing 44.6 km swim! Way to go Maya.
Not even sure what to think about a 14-year old swimming for 22 hours to within 400 meters of the finish, only to get pulled out for lightning. Brutal and heartbreaking for all involved, it seems safe to say?
Here's her track, for reference: