CBS Bay Area | Swimmers Brave Cold 1.5-Mile Swim From Alcatraz To Aquatic Park

     January 5, 2013

    About 26 well-trained swimmers braved the cool waters of San Francisco Bay Saturday morning for a wintertime swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park, according to an event spokesman.

    The swimmers dove off at Alcatraz into the 50-degree bay water at about 11:15 a.m. for the 1.5-mile-long dip, said Coach Pedro Ordenes, head of the San Francisco swim group Water World Swim.

    The open water trek, which includes several boats and kayaks carrying coaches and paramedics in case of emergency, is the group’s sixth annual Alcatraz Winter Swim, Ordenes said.

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