Navy SEALs swim across Hudson River to support veterans and their families

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Dozens of Navy SEALs swam across the Hudson River to support military veterans and their families on Saturday.

More than 30 swimmers started at Liberty State Park and swam all the way to Battery Park in Manhattan in over two and a half hours.

Former Navy SEALs like MMA fighter Mitch Aguir and actor Remi Adeleke from "Transformers: The Last Knight" took part in the event.

They swam to benefit the GI Go Fund, a nonprofit that helps veterans.

Jack Fanous, CEO of the organization, says the SEALs made stops at Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial along the way.

Saturday's event marked the first-ever legally sanctioned swim across the Hudson River.

News 12 is told the New Jersey State Police and the FDNY helped with security for the event.

The SEALs ended their trip by running to the finish line at America's Response Monument.

"It's a huge honor to be here with my friends and brothers and just doing it for an amazing cause," said former Navy SEAL, Jeff Gum. "It's bigger than us."

So far, Fanous says they raised about $140,000 and expect that number to increase to around $200,000.

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