In 1962 three Alcatraz inmates seemingly achieved the impossible and conducted one of the most intricate and infamous prison escapes in history from ‘The Rock’. During the prison’s 30 year history a total of 14 escape attempts were made by 36 different inmates, with none succeeding.
The only known successful swim off the island was by John Paul Scott in December, 1962, who was subsequently recaptured on the mainland almost immediately.
On September 14th, Investigo’s Regional Director James Fargus is valiantly flying to San Francisco to attempt the same feat in the Escape from Alcatraz invitational swim.
Joining James on the 1.5 mile crossing is Trent Grimsey, the current world record holder for the fastest English Channel solo crossing at six hours and 55 minutes. Trent will be flying from Australia to swim with James and a small team from the San Francisco South End Rowing Club.
Should James not make it and get eaten by sharks or swept out to sea never to be seen again, we urge you to please make his efforts worthwhile by donating to his chosen charity, Shooting Star Chase. This wonderful organisation provides free-of-charge hospice care for babies and young people up to the age of 21 through a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.
Please support James and the important work of Shooting Star Chase and donate now!
As for the original Alcatraz escape of ’62? After 17 years of investigation, the final FBI reports suggest that while it was theoretically possible that Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin succeeded, the icy water temperatures and rolling tides made it highly likely that they drowned in the attempt.
Bad luck chaps. Hopefully our James will do better!