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Salvation Islands: Devil's, St Joseph's and Royale

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The Salvation Islands is part of the Prison Island Swims (or the Triple Break or Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims that were nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

The Salvation Islands include Devil's Island, St Joseph's Island, and Royale Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Devil's Island (French: île du Diable) is the third largest island of the Salvation Islands. It is located approximately 14 km (9 miles) off the coast of French Guiana in South America just north of the town of Kourou. The island was a part of the controversial French penal colony of French Guiana for 101 years, from 1852 to 1953, but in spite of its being the smallest part of the penal colony, it is the most famous due to its use of internal exile of political prisoners.

Devil's Island was first used to house the prison system's leper colony.

The penal colony was controversial for it had a reputation for harshness and brutality. Prisoner-on-prisoner violence was common, tropical diseases were rife. Only a small minority of broken survivors would return to France to tell how horrible it was and scare other potential criminals straight. This system was gradually phased out and has been completely shut down since 1953. Nowadays the islands are a popular tourist destination.

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It is part of the Prison Island Swims. Jacques Tuset completed this swim in 2016.

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