Swimmer Daniel Zin did it!

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The 34-year-old successfully made the 30km crossing  on Lake Erie  from Long Point to Port Dover Saturday.

And he did it in just under 10 hours.

It's all part of the Lake Erie Challenge, an annual event where athletes push themselves in the open waters of Lake Erie, all to raise awareness and funds to protect the Lake’s health and environment.

Zin tells CKTB the swim wasn't without its challenges.

He says it was pitch dark through the entire swim and the water was cold.

Zin had a support crew of seven, including coach and pace swimmer Josh Reid, pace swimmer Jennie Dinsmore, support kayakers Casey and Don Bonnett, support pontoon boat captain Jeff Beacham, and safety boat captains Chris and Ken Turner.

The athletes have teamed up with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to raise funds for Lake Erie clean-up and protection efforts.

Zin says you can donate at lakeriechallenge.ca.

The swim was orginally set for August 24th but weather conditions made it too dangerous to attempt, and forced Zin and his support team back to shore.