French swimmer Benoit'Ben Lecomte who previously swam solo across the Atlantic in 1998 is facing an epic 5,500-mile solo swim across the Pacific
08 June, 2018, 00:30
Ben Lecomte dived into the water off the coast of Choshi, east of Tokyo, on Tuesday morning, planning to reach San Francisco in six months' time in an attempt to raise awareness about the ocean's health.
That's the term scientists use to describe billions of pieces of microplastic in the sea. He designed his route to pass through a collection of micro-plastic refuse roughly the size of Germany, France and Britain combined.
He plans to swim eight hours at a time, eating 8,000 calories a day and resting each evening on a support boat.
Lecomte is shaking off any personal threat.
"When you don't have anything to occupy your mind, it goes into kind of a spiral, and that's when trouble starts", he said.
In this picture taken on June 3, 2018, French swimmer Benoit "Ben" Lecomte poses during an interview with AFP in Choshi, Chiba prefecture.
'Pollution of the ocean has a big impact, ' said the father-of-two, who will be gathering oceanographic and medical data for 27 scientific organisations, including NASA.
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