Boy, 9, swims from Alcatraz to mainland

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Go, Johnny! Go, Johnny!” the children chanted. Johnny finished the 1.4-mile swim from the infamous prison island in little more than an hour. The prison closed in 1963 and never officially recorded a successful inmate escape. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A 9-year-old boy swam the cold, choppy waters between Alcatraz island and the San Francisco shoreline Monday, raising $30,000 in donations for Hurricane Katrina victims. Johnny Wilson, a fourth-grader from Hillsborough, Calif., called the swim in the 53-degree San Francisco Bay tiring. He kept telling himself, “I’m almost there, I’m almost there,” he said. “The beginning was the hardest because I was all cold,” he added. His classmates were waiting for him on shore, cheering as he made it to Aquatic Park. last_img read more