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Lodi adventurer swims English Channel

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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:00 pm

After 12 hours of trying to swim across the choppy, 61-degree waters of the English Channel, with tides pulling his body in every direction but toward his destination, Lodi's Jack Kautz thought of one thing to help him complete his journey across the busy shipping waterway between England and France â€" M&M's.

So, with only a few miles left on the Sept. 8 trek, the 42-year-old loaded up on the peanut butter variety of the chocolate candy provided by his crew in a boat nearby. Refueled and without a wetsuit, Kautz continued the rarely attempted feat, finishing the estimated 31-mile swim in 15 hours and 11 minutes.

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