A 9-year-old boy swam across San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park today to raise $30,000 for the American Red Cross to help Hurricane
Katrina victims. The swim set a record for the youngest person ever to swim the shark infested 1.4 mile stretch of turbulent water. The boy has been
swimming for the last seven years and has trained for three months for this charity swim.
SAN FRANCISCO - A 9-year-old boy will attempt to become the youngest person to swim the frigid, shark-infested waters between Alcatraz island and the
San Francisco shoreline.
Johnny Wilson, a fourth grader from Hillsborough, will attempt the 1.4-mile swim on Monday just a few weeks before his 10th birthday - and just time
to beat the age record set two weeks ago by a 10-year-old girl, said his coach, Rick Murray.
Johnny said he is raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims and has already drummed up $30,000 in donations.
Just after sunrise, Johnny will take a boat out to the infamous prison island, jump off at low tide and swim back in a trip he estimates will take
about an hour.
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Such stamina, strength, and determination in a child of that age is highly uncommon in this country. The wrong people could raise that kid to be quite
a powerful weapon. Hopefully his heart will stay on the good side of life throughout his life.
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