SAN FRANCISCO—The Coast Guard says two men who swam from San Francisco's Aquatic Park to Alcatraz hid on the island while rescuers spent nearly three hours searching for them.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/16P7MwV) a boater spotted the pair in the bay Thursday night and notified authorities.
Coast Guard officer Mark Leahey says officials thought they might be swimmers in distress and two boats and a helicopter began a search.
Rangers searching with flashlights eventually found the two men lying face down on the island's Agave trail. They were cited for trespassing, entering a closed area, disturbing wildlife and creating a hazardous condition. Officials said the men, each 38 years old, were off-duty firefighters from an agency outside the San Francisco Bay area.
Leahey says swimmers should alert the Coast Guard before attempting a swim to Alcatraz. Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,http://www.sfgate.com