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June 16, 2016

As a former prison, Alcatraz is notorious for its inescapable nature because of strong currents surrounding the island off the coast of San Francisco. But, one nine-year-old boy proved he had what it takes to break out of jail by swimming to and from the island making him the youngest swimmer to complete the two-mile journey.

James Savage, braved the treacherous waters that, for years, kept criminals locked up in Alcatraz from escaping. The fourth grader revealed it was no easy feat describing how the waves in the San Francisco Bay kept hitting him in the face just 30-minutes into his swim. He even wanted to give up at one point, but nearby paddlers kept him going. "I wanted to turn back and they kept yelling, 'I believe you can do it,'" James told KSEE.

James’ father also gave his son the incentive of a $100 reward if he finished—which he raised to $200 mid-swim. It must have worked because James completed the challenge and broke a record previously held by a 10-year-old boy who finished the same challenge last year. Up next: he wants to swim the length of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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