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First escape by water from Alcatraz?

Escape from Alcatraz: Does letter finally solve mystery of prison's most infamous escapees?

A letter has emerged allegedly revealing the fate of three criminals who pulled off a historic escape from Alcatraz and disappeared without a trace more than 40 years ago.

On the night of 11 June 1962, brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris pulled off a prison break so daring it went on to inspire Hollywood thriller Escape from Alcatraz, starring Clint Eastwood.

‘Aggressive’ sea-lion attacks force officials to ban swimming at popular San Francisco cove

For San Francisco tourists, Aquatic Park Cove is one of the city’s most iconic areas, a popular spot to watch enormous sea lions and harbor seals frolicking in the water across from Ghirardelli Square.

For locals — or those who can brave the brisk waters, in any case — the cove is known as one of the best places for an open-water swim, especially favored by triathletes.

Immersed in the Wild

An 'open-water' swimmer finds a risky intimacy with nature.

Although I had been swimming on and off since moving from southwest Montana back to San Francisco in mid-January, my new season officially started on April 17th, the day I turned 60. It was a bright afternoon, the sun partially obscured by high thin clouds, gusts churning the surface of Aquatic Park, a manmade cove bounded by curved piers on the waterfront. That's where I swim, along with others whose notion of a swell time is plying chilly San Francisco Bay while wearing nothing but a cap and a Speedo. And chilly it was that day -- water about 55 degrees, or 30 degrees cooler than the average municipal pool. Whatever pleasures await the cold-water sea swimmer -- and they are incomparable, even, at times, transcendent -- reaching them entails a certain amount of discomfort.