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Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim

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The Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim created and completed by Helen Tonge under the auspices of Water World Swim and observed by Kathy Winkler and Pedro Ordenes in San Francisco Bay, California
Helen Tonge swimming the Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim in San Francisco Bay, California in April 2019

The Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim is defined as bioprene swim (i.e., without a wetsuit) from Alcatraz Island to three separate mainland locations in San Francisco Bay within a 4-day period. The 3 routes are the reported and assumed swim routes that prisoners swam to freedom after escaping from Alcatraz Island.

Record[edit]

Helen Tonge completed the Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim in a cumulative time of 3 hours 45 minutes 16 seconds. The 3-day swim series was observed by Kathy Winkler and Pedro Ordenes of Water World Swim,

Helen Tonge Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim[edit]

Swim #1 from Alcatraz Island to St. Francis Beach[edit]

Start 300 yards south of Alcatraz Island – 37 deg 49’ 23.64’ N / 122 deg 25’ 18.90 W Finish is anywhere on St Francis Beach. On Day #1 on 13 April 2019, Tonge completed the 2-mile swim in 40 minutes 28 seconds.

Swim #2 from Alcatraz Island to Horseshoe Cove[edit]

Start 500 yards north of Alcatraz Island – 37 deg 49’ 52.10 N / 122 deg 25’ 35.15 W Finish in Marin County is anywhere in Horseshoe Cove. On Day #2 on 14 April 2019, Tonge completed the 3-mile swim in 2 hours 20 minutes.

Swim #3 from Alcatraz Island to Angel Island[edit]

Start on the north side of Alcatraz – 37 deg 49’ 50.49 N / 122 deg 25’ 37.07 W Finish is anywhere on Angel Island. On Day #3 on 15 April 2019, Tonge completed the 2.4-mile swim in 1 hour 4 minutes.

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