Los Banos Boy Looking to Break World Record


A Los Banos boy is training hard to make it latest dream come true.

Nine year old James Savage is looking to break a world record, preparing to swim three miles to perform a touch and go to Alcatraz Island.

Right now, that record is held by a ten year old.

He wears a hoodie and most times, a jumpsuit. He’s nine year old and has no criminal record, but this kid is headed to Alcatraz.

“I want to break a world record,” Savage said.

James Savage starting swimming at five years old, and now, four years later, he rarely leaves the water.

“He comes out here and it’s almost like he’s home. He just wants to swim,” James’s mom, Jillian said.

In fact, James likes the water so much, he swims with sharks. Last year, he swam the San Francisco Bay in a race from Alcatraz Island.

Then, he freestyled from San Diego to Coronado Island. Something he says many kids his age are scared to do.

“Because there’s sharks in that water and many kids don’t like open water and don’t like sharks,” Savage said.

But in James’s first swim to the abandoned prison, he only bought a one way ticket. This time he wants to touch the island and make his escape back.

“he will swim all the way out to alcatraz, touch it and swim all the way back to shore,” Jillian Savage said.

“The length is three miles, but my record is going to be the world’s youngest kid to do it,” Savage said.

James practices almost every day, preparing for the cold water and strong currents.

“It’s probably going to be hard with the tide,” Savage said.

Coach Josh Weinberger is always right beside him.

“Just enlightening to see someone his age setting such lofty goals for himself,” Weinberger said.

And that’s where coach will be on James’s way to Alcatraz, swimming right beside the nine year old and mom will be following in a kayak.

“It kind of makes me feel more comfortable,” Savage said.

The coast guard will also be standing by and blocking off the bay.

“Anything that could happen. We’re always right there for him,” Jillian Savage said.

It’s a trek many full grown prisoners once attempted, but for this nine year old boy, it’ll be a piece of cake.

“Well they weren’t able to make it, I just kind of laughed,” Savage said.

James’s attempt and most likely completion the world record will be next Tuesday, June 14th at 7am in San Francisco.

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