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Los Banos boy becomes first person to swim across San Luis Reservoir. He’s 12 years old.

Los Banos kid James Savage, 12, makes a 7.3-mile swim across San Luis Reservoir on May 11, 2019. He became the first person to make the swim across the reservoir. 

The idea started as a joke and turned into a challenge.

The Savage family was leaving Los Banos for a camping trip when their car broke down. While looking out across the San Luis Reservoir, Jillian Savage asked her son, James, if he thought he could swim across it.

“Yeah, I probably could,” James said.

Then James quickly wanted to know if anybody had ever done it. When his mom said she didn’t think so, he responded: “Make it happen, Mom.”

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