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Sulphur Springs native to brave chilly Alcatraz swim

  • Gary Furney, originally of Sulphur Springs, trains at Lake Sulphur Springs in anticipation of his Alcatraz swim. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
    Gary Furney, originally of Sulphur Springs, trains at Lake Sulphur Springs in anticipation of his Alcatraz swim. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
  • Cold waters surround Alcatraz Island in San Francisco where Gary Furney will swim Saturday in an annual contest. File
    Cold waters surround Alcatraz Island in San Francisco where Gary Furney will swim Saturday in an annual contest. File
The frigid cold temperatures of the San Francisco Bay. A consistent pull of the current. Sulphur Springs native son and current San Francisco resident Gary Furney, 67, will take the plunge on Saturday and take the swim from Alcatraz to the mainland that was originally designed to deter the toughest criminals. In August, the waters will reach their year-round lowest temperatures, between 45 to 55…

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