A special swim

brother, sister duo follow in dad’s footsteps

Pictured from left are Jeanne, Matt, Shauna and Ron Weiskotten.

Pictured from left are Jeanne, Matt, Shauna and Ron Weiskotten.

— They could hear a little bit of thunder, but once past the Four Brother Islands, they could see the storm start to dissipate. But the wind, which had been a very light Southeast wind, suddenly switched a little more to the south.

“A little bit of waves came up, but then we could see the calm water ahead and they [Matt and Shauna] kept kind of swimming back into the calm water so we stayed out of any major problems,” Jeanne said.

“For me the hardest part was that my muscles were cramping up because they weren’t used to swimming such a long period of time,” Shauna said, “so I made sure I drank plenty of water and Gatorade and really focused on mind over matter and relaxing my muscles.”

“Once I got out to Juniper, I was like ‘there’s no way I’m not going the whole way now,’” she added.

Along with keeping watch out for debris in the path of the boat or swimmers, Ron said that he, his wife, and his daughter were constantly on the lookout for boats.

“We had a couple of jet skies come around and they changed direction quickly,” Ron said, “we want to make sure that if somebody starts coming at us, that the boat is between whatever is coming at us and the swimmers.”

“We did maneuver that way a few times, particularly there was a boat that swung around Shelburne Point and suddenly starting coming at Matt,” he added.

Ron gunned their motorboat and got in between his son and the other watercraft.

“I don’t know which direction they would’ve gone but they ended up veering off,” he said, “that was probably the biggest surprise because they kind of came out of nowhere and it was a speedboat and they were going pretty good.”

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