So the time is getting closer for my trip to California and I’m really looking forward to my visit to Alcatraz in San Francisco. One place I always said I would eventually visit and I’m quite excited.
Three inmates who famously escaped from the US Island Prison Alcatraz had a small chance of making it to land alive – but the odds were stacked against them, a new study suggests.
In 1962, the prisoners absconded using a raft, and were never seen again.
A novel computer model now indicates that if they set off right at midnight, they could have made landfall.
But if they left in the hours either side, it is very likely they died in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay.
The study was carried out by scientists at Delft University and the research institute Deltares, both in the Netherlands, and is being presented this week at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, which is hosted in the California city.
This prison break – dramatised by Clint Eastwood in the film Escape from Alcatraz – is one of the most daring and intricate escapes ever attempted.
Three bank robbers – Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris – spent months digging an escape tunnel out of their concrete cells using sharpened spoons.
On the night of 11 June 1962, they left dummy heads, fashioned out of soap, toilet paper and hair, in their beds, and crawled out of the “escape-proof” prison.
At the water’s edge, it is thought they made an inflatable raft out of raincoat and entered San Francisco Bay, at some point between 2000 and 0200, according to FBI files.
Despite an intense search effort, the men were never found. Whether they survived and made landfall or died after entering the water remains a mystery.
I will post Photos and News of my visit on my return
“keep your eye’s peeled”