A Daring Swimming Escape Attempt Of 100K

A Daring Swimming Escape Attempt Of 100K

Six Mexican prisoners managed to swim 60 miles in an escape attempt from the Islas Marías Federal Prison on Isla María Madre.

The famed prison is located on Isla María Madre, the largest island of the Islas Marías archipelago off the western coast of Mexico.

Established in 1905, the Islas Marías Federal Prison is situated approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the western coast of Mexico – and represented freedom in the hopes of the six escapees. The Islas Marías, discovered in 1532 and currently populated with slightly more than 1000 federal employees and prisoners, was designated a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO.

The penal colony, given its isolation, provides substantial freedom to its inhabitants who are allowed to roam and are not locked up. The six swimmers, using plastic tanks and wood planks to help with buoyancy, were heading south with the prevailing currents towards Puerto Vallarta, a resort town on the Mexican mainland, when they were spotted and picked up by the Mexican Navy.

The men – Martin Camacho Ríos (39 years old), Roberto Romero Solis (39), Aurelio Aguirre Amaya (35), Efrain Chavez Carrasco (29), Carmona Esly (30), Jose Refugio Moreno Serrano (28) – were reported to be sunburned but in relatively good health despite their nautical escape attempt. They were spotted floating in the Pacific Ocean by the crew of a small sailing boat who called the authorities. At that point, they were 92K (50 nautical miles) from Puerto Vallarta when they were picked up and apprehended by Navy personnel.

The penal colony was the subject of the 1951 film Las Islas Marías (see below) and has had at least 76 escapes in the last 25 years. Of the 76 escapees from the Islas Marías only 10 have been recaptured.



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