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Valdosta native to attempt history-making swim

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A Valdosta native will attempt to swim across the Mississippi River handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded.

No one has ever done that before.

Jay Platt is a retired marine who now lives in South Carolina.

His feat will raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project.

This is video of Jay Platt swimming across the Mississippi River last week as he trains for his big event, Swim for the Warriors. November 11 he'll cross the river in a way that's never been done before.

"This time I'll have my hands handcuffed behind me, feet shackled and blindfolded," said Jay Platt. "When I do that I'll be the only person to have done so."

45-year old Jay Platt retired from the marine corps at age 32 because of cancer. Since then he's taken big adventures like in 2005.

"I would swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco with my hands and feet tied and I ended up being one of three in the world to do that," said Platt.

He's raised awareness for different organizations along the way and the Swim for the Warriors will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

 "I am missing an eye so I know what these wounded warriors go through as far as missing a limb," said Platt. "I know what that does to you mentally."

Now a former classmate of Platt's, Pat White, is selling photos he took to help out the cause.

"I started on this quest to find out what the natural beauty of Georgia and so I just started taking pictures," said White.

The photos are on display at Stage 51 in downtown Valdosta and some of the proceeds go to Swim for the Warriors.

"My family's history in the military goes way back and they've given so much to us and I don't think it hurts to give back to them," said White.

They'll help further the mission of the Wounded Warrior Project to honor and empower wounded warriors. Pat White and Jay Platt reconnected through facebook.

They were classmates at Lowndes High School. The photos will be on sale at the Stage 51 restaurant until September 10th.

You can also drop off donations there.


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