Saratoga 9-Year-Old Completes Swim From Alcatraz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Sharks and treacherous currents kept most Alcatraz prisoners in place, but a 9-year-old boy has made the swim from the one-time prison island to San Francisco in 41 minutes.

Daniel Bessonov entered the frigid San Francisco Bay water on Sunday and powered through the current and choppy waters for what became a two-mile swim.

The San Jose Mercury News says the Saratoga boy’s destination was Aquatic Park, but he came ashore near the Golden Gate Yacht Club, which added a half-mile to his mission.

The Saratoga Elementary School student now wants to repeat the Alcatraz Island swim when he’s 10, this time without a wet suit.

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