On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and the waters, Anglin brothers, Clarence and John, chipped through their cell walls, squeezed through a ventilation shaft to the roof, climbed down a drain pipe, scaled a 15-foot fence, entered the water wearing meager life preservers made from stolen rain coats and disappeared into the night forever, thereby attaining overnight and long-lasting notoriety. 

Escapees 1 time
Prisoners 1962

Isolated a mile and a half from San Francisco in frigid 50-degree, shark-infested escape is made even more daunting by the treacherous and choppy currents that race in and out of the Golden Gate at speeds that sometimes exceed 8 miles per hour, more than twice as fast as the quickest person can swim. To this day, controversy rages whether the trio made it or whether they drowned. What really happened is anyone's guess; authorities never found any bodies. 

39 years later, on June 11 2001, Pedro Ordenes and Gary Emich became the first people ever to complete the Alcatraz Swim 100 times.

Escaping 100 Times 2001
Pedro Ordenes and Gary Emich


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