ORANGE, CA -- Cory Puentes of Interfresh Inc.'s San Bruno, CA, office and
Craig Jacob of Dole Fresh Fruit Co. in Westlake Village, CA, did their part
Sunday, Sept. 12, to support the 33 trapped miners in Chile.
Joining 31 other open-water swimmers, Messrs. Puentes and Jacob braved the
58-degree water and three-knot currents in a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz
Island to Aquatic Park in the San Francisco Bay. The swim was organized by
Water World Swim, the premier, open-water swimming organization in San
Each of the 33 swimmers sponsored a trapped miner and swam in his honor.
All entry fees and proceeds were donated to the families of the trapped
miners in an effort to assist with their rescue. San Francisco and Chilean
media were on hand to record the event, and at the end of the swim, each
participant was able to say a few words of encouragement to his or her
This was the second Alcatraz crossing for Mr. Puentes, who completed his
first in August 2009, and the first for Mr. Jacob, both of whom competed
"The water temperature was not much of a factor today", Mr. Jacob said in a
Sept. 14 press release. "What really made the swim tough today were the
currents and the swells."
Although the swim offered both a physical and mental challenge, both men
agreed that it was well worth the training and that it was something they
would definitely do again.
"About halfway through, your body tells you to stop, but you just have to push
on, knowing that with each stroke, you are closer to your destination," Mr.
Puentes said in the release. "It’s a tremendous feeling when you are able to
stand up on the sandy bottom at the finish, and we are pleased to assist with
the rescue of the miners, who could be trapped for four months or longer."
Mr. Jacob added in the release, "This was a really rewarding experience for
me. First and foremost, it was a great opportunity to show my support for the
trapped miners and their families, and secondly, it was great to show my
support for the people of, and the country of, Chile. Dole has 20 company-
owned farms and over 3,000 employees there, so Chile is very important to
Now in its 24th year of providing fresh fruits and vegetables to retailers,
wholesalers and foodservice distributors, Interfresh said that it continually
strives to provide top-quality products year round. Headquartered in Orange,
CA, Interfresh has expanded its reach and further developed its product line
and services by opening new offices in strategic locations throughout
The experienced employees of Interfresh are driven by their passion to
provide unparalleled services for a consistent, high-quality supply of fresh
fruits and vegetables season to season, according to the release. In addition
to citrus, melons, pineapples and avocados, Interfresh handles an extensive
line of fresh products such as corn, asparagus, yams, sweet potatoes,
tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, grapes and stone fruit.