Escape from Alcatraz: 76-year-old Naples man swims from famous prison for second time


Jim Zinger prefers swimming in frigid waters without a wet suit near a famous prison over confined and chlorine-infused pools.

The Naples man — who turns 77 on June 12 — completed the same feat May 25 that he did 12 years prior by swimming the two-mile stretch of water that connects Alcatraz prison to mainland San Francisco.

Zinger fell in love with open-water swimming years ago.

“You don’t have to stop and turn like you do in a pool,” Zinger said.

See Naples Daily News

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