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Isla de San Simón

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Isla de San Simón 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

Isla de San Simón (English: San Simón Island) is an island belonging to the archipelago of San Simón in the estuary of Vigo, Spain. The island dominates the bay of San Simón. It is linked to the island of San Anton by a bridge. The set of the two islands is 250 meters wide and 84 long. Throughout its history, the island was used as a monastery, quarantine hospital, leprosy colony, prison and home for orphaned children.

From 1936 buildings on the island were used as concentration camp and extermination camps for political prisoners who were in opposition to Franco. After the civil war, prisoners came from all prisons throughout Spain. It was officially rated as a penal colony, but was actually a concentration camp, killing political prisoners, Communists, Republicans, socialists and anarchists . It remained in operation until 1943.

The island was considered one of the most feared prisons of Franco.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

Isla de San Simón is site of one of the Triple Break swims (Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims), where swimmers challenge themselves to escape by swimming at least 3 of the world's most well-known prison island swims including Le Château d’If, Fort Boyard, Devil's Island, Île de Gorée, Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island, Rottnest Island, and Sainte-Marguerite.

Triple Break Sites (listed by region and country)[edit]



Central America[edit]


North America[edit]

  • Alcatraz Island (U.S.A.): 2.3 km to mainland, was the former isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals
  • Santa Cruz (U.S.A.): 33 km to mainland, was use to house prisoner after Mexico's independence from France
  • Fort Warren (U.S.A.): 11 km to mainland, was used as a prison in the American Civil War 1862
  • Fort Jefferson (U.S.A.): 110 km to Key West Florida, was used as a prison for USA Civil War deserters and plotters to kill Abraham Lincoln
  • McNeil Island (U.S.A.): 4.5 km to mainland, was used as a prison in the 1880s up to 1,200 inmates
  • Johnson Island (U.S.A.): 5 km to mainland, was used as a prison from 1861 with up 2,500 Conference prisoners
  • Peddocks Island (U.S.A.): 0.4 km to mainland, was used as a prison during World War II for Italian prisoners

South America[edit]

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