Midcoast woman to swim in 31 Maine lakes in 31 days to help LifeFlight of Maine (WABI 5)

Simonds is swimming in 31 lakes in 31 days for this year’s Cross for LifeFlight fundraising event

(WABI 5) DEDHAM, Maine (WABI) — Ali Simonds of Belfast is known as ‘Maine Lakes Mermaid.’

She is on a mission to swim in 31 different Maine lakes in 31 days.

“It’s just my safe space where I feel most like myself,” Simonds told us.

These days she has a lot on her plate.

Between work and graduate school, the 38-year-old does not have a lot of down time.

But when she gets does this month, she will be spending it in Maine’s waters.

“To see Maine through her waters is just an amazing and super cool thing. There are lakes you don’t even know exist,” she said.

This month she’s attempting to swim a mile in a different lake or pond every day for 31 days as part of the Cross for LifeFlight – a statewide, self-led fundraiser sponsored by LifeFlight of Maine.

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