45-year-old Platt to swim the Mississippi cuffed, shackled and blindfolded


On Friday November 11, former Marine and cancer survivor Jay Platt aka “Mr. Unstoppable” will try to swim across the Mississippi about an hour south of Memphis, Tennessee, blindfolded, hands cuffed behind his back, and feet shackled. A swim about a mile and a half long, in waters predicted to be about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, dolphin kicking Marine-style for about an hour. Crazy yes, but then Platt has survived four brain tumors, spinal tumors, kidney cancer and lost an eye, and still completed a similar swim between Alcatraz and San Francisco. Read The Valdosta Daily Times.


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  2. John C. Anderson on

    In 1994 on my fiftieth birthday, I swam across the Mississippi River from Moline, Il to Bettedorf, IA with my hands cuffed behind my back and legs shackled.

    I was way ahead of this guy except for the blindfold which would not have made that much difference.

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