Spewing out mouthfuls of salt water Sunday morning, Kris Singh stumbled out of San Francisco Bay onto the shores of Fort Baker, below the fog-shrouded orange towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Less than an hour earlier, Singh, 53, and 11 other hardcore swimmers had jumped into the chilly waters for a 1.5-mile swim under the span to challenge themselves and to honor Navy SEALs lost in combat and their families.
“It was fantastic,” said Singh, a Lansing, Mich., resident, still catching his breath as he stood barefoot in his wetsuit on the seaweed-covered shore. “Going under the bridge was incredible. I drank a lot of salt water. I’m just grateful to be able to do this and bring awareness to our fallen and those who need help.”