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Alcatraz Escapees Could've Survived 1962 Breakout, Research Shows

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 05:18 PM

A team of Dutch researchers has recreated the breakout of three escapees from Alcatraz in 1962 with an interactive model that indicates it’s possible that the men survived.

Researcher Rolf Hut said the Alcatraz escapees study was inspired by an episode of “MythBusters,” The Washington Post reported.

The escapees — Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris — planned their exit using 50 raincoats fashioned into a raft and paddles made from musical instruments. They were never seen again, leaving many to speculate whether they died in their attempt or survived.

The research concluded that it was plausible that the men may have survived. Hut, Olivier Hoes, and Fedor Baart used a 3Di model intended to analyze the effect of sea level rise to recreate the night of the escape.

“We calculated a worst case and a best case scenario,” Hut wrote in a blog. “Only in the time window between 23.00 and midnight do they get close enough to the shore to have a chance to survive.”

The research is being presented at at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

"If they hit it exactly at midnight, the beautiful thing is that we see that they would have been sucked out towards the Golden Gate Bridge," Hut told BBC News. "But the moment they were close to the Golden Gate would have been the moment the tide reverses. And that would give them a moment of slack tide, in which they could have reached marine headlands in the northern site of the Golden Gate Bridge."

CBS San Francisco asked what the researchers hoped to gain from their presentation, and Baart joked: “I’m hoping there will be three old men waiting at the presentation.”

Twitter users seemed fascinated by the research.







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