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Helen Tonge

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Helen Tonge swimming the Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim in San Francisco Bay, California in April 2019
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 is an open water swimmer and a member of the Water World Swim, coached by Kathy Winkler and Pedro Ordenes.

Alcatraz Escape Route Swim[edit]

Together with Water World Swim, she created and set the record for the Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim. The Alcatraz Escape Routes Swim is defined as bioprene swimming (i.e., without a wetsuit) from Alcatraz Island to three separate mainland locations in San Francisco Bay within a 4-day period as observed by Water World Swim. The 3 routes are the reported and assumed swim routes that prisoners swam to freedom after escaping from Alcatraz Island. It was a charity swim on behalf of the Wood Street Mission, completed in a cumulative time of 3 hours 45 minutes 16 seconds.

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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