Moseley set to swim across Lake Ponchatrain solo

WGNO Jefferson Parish
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:56am

Jefferson Parish, LA (WGNO) -- As of Tuesday night, long distance swimmer Matthew Moseley hoped to be beginning his 25 mile swim across Lake Pontchartrain. Instead, rainy weather postponed the attempt.

Moseley wants to be the first person to swim solo across the lake. He says it will take more than twelve hours.

The long distance swimmer says he'll try again to make the swim on Wednesday night. He hopes to begin sometime between 10:00 and midnight.

"We want to get the optimum conditions," Moseley said. "And we're ready to wait for it."

While he won't be able to touch any boats or floatation devices during the swim, he will still have plenty of company.

Moseley says two boats will accompany him. One will have live bands performing!

"It's a float on the water on a boat that's got music. It will have lasers. It's gonna have light, art. The Krewe of Proteus donated some of their art. Mermen and mermaids, King Neptune on top of the boat," he said.

The swim is also a fundraiser for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. If you'd like to participate and donate to the cause, visit the group's website. http://www.saveourlake.org

This is Moseley's second time to swim across the lake, but his first to try solo. Previously, he swam a tag team effort with a relative. Each man swam half the total distance.

As for waiting a day, Moseley says the hardest part is sticking with his training plan.

"I will tell you, it is hard to be in New Orleans and not go out and have some fun."

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