NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nearly 500 people will swim across Narragansett Bay to raise money for the environmental group Save the Bay.

The 38th annual bay swim will be held Saturday. It is the group's largest annual fundraiser to support its restoration, education and advocacy work in the Narragansett Bay region.

Swimmers follow a 1.7-nautical mile course that starts at Naval Station Newport in Newport and finishes across the east passage of the bay in Jamestown.

That course was not possible last year because of federal budget cuts, which made the station unable to host. This year the swim returns to its traditional route.

The event attracts hundreds of swimmers every year, and is one of the longest-running open-water charitable swims in the country.

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