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Local Man Attempting 1.6 Mile Competitive Swim

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A Richland man is gearing up for one of the most difficult challenges he says he has ever faced.

27-year-old Nate Higgins will be hitting the frigid San Francisco waters to take on the Shark Fest Swim Series this weekend.

The swim is 1.6 miles under the Golden Gate Bride to Horse Shoe Bay.

Higgins says the swim would be a challenge for anyone, but even more for him. A work accident left him paralyzed from the waist down back in 2007.

"Of course being paralyzed from the waist down makes it considerably more difficult than for someone whose able bodies. I'm not sure if I'm the first person with spinal cord injury to do anything like this, but I've never heard of anyone else," he said.

Higgins says he does these epic swim competitions to raise money for a foundation called Swim with Mike, which gives scholarships to athletes with disabilities. For more on how you can donate, visit swimwithmike.org.