SAN FRANCISCO, CA (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Retired marine Jay ‘Patch’ Platt has done what many have said was an impossible feat; he swam the 1 1/2-mile distance from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco with his hands and feet tied.

(c) Send2PressThe retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant was inspired to make the attempt after reading an article that stated only two other men accomplished the swim, Italian swimmer Alberto Christini and fitness guru Jack Lalanne. *(Photo Caption: Jay Platt giving one of his many interviews prior to the swim.)

“I was looking for something challenging to do as a way of raising awareness to help the Marines who are coming back wounded from the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Platt, who was medically retired from the Marines due to complications from cancer. “Having lost an eye myself, I somewhat know how they feel, and I wanted to do something to help. That’s when I found out about the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (, an organization that helps Marines and Sailors injured in the war against terrorism.”

“I was so motivated by what Lalanne and Christini had accomplished that I decided this was the challenge I was looking for,” said Platt. “This seemed like the perfect way to support the Semper Fi Fund, and also to show others that they too can overcome great challenges in their lives, even though the obstacles they face may seem overwhelming.”

Platt was sponsored by internet casino, the innovative cyber gaming site that has been making headlines worldwide with their outrageous marketing campaigns and charity work. They sent a $5000 check on behalf of Platt to the Semper Fi fund.

“We are very pleased to have been able to support Jay and the Semper Fi fund,” said CEO Richard Rowe. “We congratulate Jay on his successful swim and as always we are awed by the courage and determination of the men and women in the Marines and every arm of the military for putting themselves in harm’s way to preserve peace.”

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Original Story ID: (998) :: 2005-11-1110-005

Original Keywords: Golden Palace, Jay Platt, escape from alcatraz, impossible swim, semper fi fund, Jack Lalanne, Sgt. Jay Patch Platt, gunny Golden Palace Casino /

NEWS SOURCE: | Published: 2005-11-10 16:57:00

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