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16-year-old swimmer forced to stop Estero Bay trek due to cold water and strong winds

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 18:57:34-04

A 16-year-old world champion swimmer attempted to cross Estero Bay in San Luis Obispo County on Saturday to raise awareness for a global humanitarian non-profit organization.

Angel More, of San Carlos, started her journey at 4 a.m. at China Harbor.

Her trek was supposed to last eight to nine hours, but strong winds and cold water delayed her and she was pulled out of the water just before 3:30 p.m.

According to More’s spokesperson, Dan Wilinsky, it’s the first time she’s had to be removed from the water during a swim.

More was attempting to swim the 14-mile route to fundraise for Children International, which helps families and their children fight poverty around the world.

If she accomplished this feat, she will be the youngest ever and the first female to have crossed Estero Bay.

More is known as a tri-athlete, but she has been most recognized for her achievements in swimming. Last year, she became the youngest person to achieve the Triple Crown of California marathon swimming consisting of three solo swims across the Santa Barbara Channel, Catalina Channel and Lake Tahoe.

She has also broken records for her hiking feats, including reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 10.

As a spokesperson for Children International, More most recently organized an “Escape from Alcatraz to Escape from Poverty” swim that raised more than $8,000 for the organization.

She has raised more than $58,000 total throughout all of her swim events for Children International.