SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A nine-year-old boy from Merced County made history Tuesday morning, becoming the youngest person to swim from San Francisco to Alcatraz and back.
James savage braved strong currents and the chilly bay water to complete the roughly three mile swim.READ MORE: UCSF Dr. Peter Chin-Hong On COVID Delta Variant Surge: 'Desperate Measures Are Needed In Desperate Times'
His mom was by his side in a kayak. The coast guard was also watching carefully.
James had been training for weeks to accomplish this goal.READ MORE: VIDEO: Shoplifter Fills Up Backpack With Stolen Goods During Stroll Through San Francisco Walgreens
“I’ve been practicing at the detention dam. I’ve been going there to practice,” said James.
The boy finished the round-trip swim to Alcatraz in about two-and-a-half hours.MORE NEWS: Monterey Public Library Reopening This Week