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Joe Pignatiello

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Joe Pignatiello was the event coordinator for Susie Maroney's solo swim from Isla Mujeres, Mexico to Las Tumbas beach, Cuba across the Yucatan Straits. Her 197 km (122 miles) sea swim took 38 hours 33 minutes on 1 June 1998. She wore a special Lycra stinger suit and swam much of the swim in a shark cage with a protective jellyfish net to protect against sharks and jellyfish. She had intended to swim a total of 145 miles (233 km) from Isla Mujeres in Mexico to Maria La Gorda in Cuba, but ended on Las Tumbas beach instead.