ISLAMORADA (CBSMiami/AP) — A Miami man won an open- water swimming competition in the Florida keys which attracted hundreds of swimmers.

Yoelvis Pedraza completed the eight-mile Swim for Alligator Lighthouse Saturday in 3 hours, 35 minutes and 5 seconds.

The race attracted 310 swimmers and was staged to raise awareness of a need to preserve Alligator Lighthouse and five other aging lighthouses off the Keys.

Two contestants in the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse plow through the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Islamorada, Fla. The eight-mile roundtrip  open water swim, to-and-from Alligator Reef Lighthouse in the Florida Keys, serves as a fundraiser for local student college scholarships and to create awareness for the need to preserve six aging lighthouses off the Keys island chain.(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Two contestants in the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse plow through the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Islamorada, Fla. The eight-mile roundtrip open water swim, to-and-from Alligator Reef Lighthouse in the Florida Keys, serves as a fundraiser for local student college scholarships and to create awareness for the need to preserve six aging lighthouses off the Keys island chain.(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Miamians Jack Ellis, Henry Urquidi, Nicki Urquidi and Brooke Ellis won the four-person relay division with a time of 4:02:53. Cooper City, Fla., residents Can Datca and Tyler Magarity won the two-person division with 4:47:46.

Virginia residents Nicole Johnson and Jeremy Linn, both from Manassas, placed second in the two-person division, but had an even more eventful swim. Reaching the halfway mark at Alligator Lighthouse, Johnson accepted Linn’s marriage proposal.

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