Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Grandad Hatches Plan to Escape Plan to Escape from Alcatraz from Alcatraz

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Grandad Hatches Plan to Escape Plan to Escape from Alcatraz from Alcatraz

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A GRANDAD is hoping to prove it is possible to escape from a notorious prison when he takes on a gruelling swim.

Peter Welsh will next month take to the waters at Alcatraz - a swim considered by many to be impossible.

"It is something I have always wanted to do," said the 65-yearold, of Acklam. "I will soon be able to tick off my list hopefully."

Peter is heading to America on a holiday with his wife Liz, and decided to incorporate the solo swim during their trip to San Francisco.

He will take on the challenge on September 10.

"It is something a lot of people consider to be impossible because the prison was meant to be escape proof. But it isn't - lots of people do this on an annual basis."

However, the one-and-a-half mile swim from the island to Fisherman's Wharf is still not without its dangers.

The currents are a major issue for swimmers, as is the temperature of the water. There is also a risk of sharks.

"The currents can take you out into the Pacific where there are sharks," said Peter, a dad of three. …

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