Man swims 2 miles from Statue of Liberty to New York City

NEW YORK (AP) A man has swum about 2 miles from the Statue of Liberty to New York City while promoting his upcoming around-the-world attempt.

Martin Strel plans to circle the globe in about 450 days - starting in Long Beach, California, on March 22.

On Thursday, the 60-year-old took a demonstration dip through the choppy, rain-swept waters of New York Harbor to a marina near the World Trade Center.

Strel previously swam the entire length of the Amazon River amid deadly piranhas. He also covered the whole Mississippi River and China's Yangtze River.

He says his swimming feats are meant to draw attention to the world's increasingly polluted waters.

Strel is a native of Slovenia. He now lives in Phoenix.


This story has been corrected to show that Strel will leave from Long Beach, California, not San Francisco, based on updated information provided by a spokeswoman.

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