October 13, 2005

Kid swims from Alcatraz to shore

Boy, 9, Swims From Alcatraz to San Fran.

SAN FRANCISCO - A nine-year-old boy has just finished a pretty tough morning swim — from Alcatraz to San Francisco.

Johnny Wilson, from Hillsborough, made the 1.4-mile swim in under two hours, braving choppy morning waters and rough winds in a portion of the San Francisco bay known to have sharks as well.

Wilson's classmates were waiting for him on shore, cheering as he made it all the way to Aquatic Park.

His effort raised about $30,000 for the Red Cross Katrina Hurricane Victims Fund.

Wilson said the toughest part of the swim was the beginning, because it was cold and windy.

What a kick in the nuts to every prisoner who tried to brave those waters and failed.

Posted by Kyer at October 13, 2005 12:31 PM | TrackBack