A 9-year-old Central California boy braved robust currents and cold water to swim from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back. Local media in fresno reported Tuesday that James Savage set a record because the youngest swimmer to make the journey to the previous prison. The station reports that by finishing the swim, the fourth-grader from Los Banos breaks a record previously held by a 10-year-old boy.
James says that waves within the San Francisco Bay touching him in the face half-hour into his swim made him need to give up.
“I wished to turn back and they kept yelling, ‘I believe you you’ll be able to do it’,” James told CBS Fresno affiliate KGPE.
His father says he had offered his son $100 as a reward; to encourage his struggling son, his father doubled it to $200.
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James pushed forward, creating it to Alcatraz and back in a very little more than 2 hours. Alcatraz is more than a mile from the land.
Now that this swimming deed is completed, James told KGPE his next goal is to swim the length of the sound Bridge, which is 8,981 feet.