Swimming From Alcatraz to San Francisco 48 Times

Swimming From Alcatraz to San Francisco 48 Times


– [Narrator] This Great
Big Story was made possible by Wells Fargo. Established 1852. Re-established 2018. (elegant music) – [Mitali] The water we
swim in is dangerous, and someone has died in it. Growing up, I had people tell me that the water was so dangerous that there were three
prisoners who didn’t make it. And the reason Alcatraz was there was because they had sharks in the water, and you can’t swim at all, but now I know that’s not true. I’m Mitali. I’m 16, and I’ve swum from Alcatraz to San Francisco 48 times. – I’m Anaya. I’m 12, and I’ve done the
Alcatraz swim 38 times, and Mitali’s my sister. – I used to be the youngest person to swim the span of
the Golden Gate Bridge, but my sister holds that world record now. The first time I swam Alcatraz
was when I was 10 years old, and I was inspired by my friends
who had swum it before me. We train once a week every Sunday with our open water swim team. From just Alcatraz to the beach, that takes me around 35 to 40 minutes, but at my fastest time, it’s 27 minutes. – [Man] Guys, wanna know
the water temperature? 57.5 right now. – [Anaya] That water is freezing, but you feel so good because
you’re in the open ocean. The water’s murky, so you
can’t really see anything, but you can feel the water, and you feel like you’re
on top of the world, but you’re in the middle of the ocean. It’s hard to have that mental
strength that you can do this because it’s just so dangerous
and unusual to do it. – [Mitali] And so whenever we swim, when I take a breath
and she takes a breath, we end up looking at each other, and it’s really comforting
to see that there’s someone out there with you while you’re swimming. – [Woman] Good job, children! (gentle music) – [Mitali] People are
generally very shocked. That’s the first response
because it’s something that no one’s ever
really thought of doing. – [Anaya] I grew up with this, so I never knew a world where
it was unusual to do this. If other kids wanna do
this, I encourage it.

90 thoughts on “Swimming From Alcatraz to San Francisco 48 Times

  1. Shane Dawson needs to discover this… is he the same voice as scoop!!??!?!🤔( obviously this is a joke) lol

  2. My parents would never let me do this hell my dad won’t let me swim at the beach because he’s afraid that I’m gonna get pulled on by a rip current

  3. Y’all are mad crazy but also hella brave and I look up to these kids😂❤️ but y’all can’t call those prisoners that tried swimming out because these kids were trained once a week and ex-prisoners can only swim across a warm olympic sized pools a few times at best.

  4. Yes its dangerous because of rip currents and sharks and such but that still doesnt stop people from doing it. And heck these girls have professionals watching over them. I dont see the big deal in worrying. Just make sure you're safe to do such activities.

  5. You two train several hours a week, the prisoners only get to walk out a few minutes a day. Try to swim in the open ocean without proper training.

  6. These girls have serious balls. What a trip the great things you can accomplish when you put fear aside.

  7. Gr8 job ladies. I almost drown at 12yrs old…until someone showed me dog paddle style…eventually to proper swimming. 😂😂😂😂

  8. All you need to learn is how to float in deep water which is really easy so if you start to get tired float in the water which u have to move your hands and legs up and down and you won’t get tired of floating because it’s like you are relaxing

  9. I saw the word “Slytherin” on her shirt and I was like, “ YASSS QUEEN” I’m a Gryffindor!! Just so you know

  10. Thank you for sharing your love of open water swimming! We love hosting Alcatraz swims, there's nothing like it. Doing it 48 times is fantastic, keep it up and congrats!

  11. I jumped off the flagship in Galveston was hard to swim back because of the currents and hurricane was coming in and bringing in massive waves I threw my surf board in but it was tossed under broke on the reef and got away fast. Only reason I was not not torn up too was the waves were so high was only 1 story instead of three of four high. After doing this and almost sinking my jetski in the bay and swimming back. I knew it was possible. I saw sharks too but if your whole body is in they don't want you. The cold is anthoer factor though.

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