Stephen Ellison

Nine-Year-Old Boy Sets Record With Swim From SF to Alcatraz and Back

SAN FRANCISCO - A 9-year-old Central California boy braved strong currents and cold water Tuesday to swim from San Francisco to Alcatraz island and back.

KSEE-TV in Fresno reported that James Savage set a record as the youngest swimmer to make the journey to the former prison.

The station reported that by completing the swim, the fourth-grader from Los Banos broke a record previously held by a 10-year-old boy.

James says that waves in the San Francisco Bay hitting him in the face 30 minutes into his swim made him want to give up.

James' father said he had offered his son $100 as a reward. To encourage his struggling son, his father doubled it to $200.

James pushed forward, making it to Alcatraz and back in a little more than two hours.

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