Man attempts to become first person to swim across the Pacific
Ben Lecomte is undertaking the journey to raise awareness of threats to the ocean
French marathon swimmer Ben Lecomte at the start of his attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean, in Choshi, Japan. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images
He is expected to swim eight hours daily on a journey that could take six to eight months and will cover about 8,000km.
“For the moment we know he left and everything went well,” Mr Borreil said.
Lecomte completed a similar swim across the Atlantic in 1998, organisers said.
He is doing this swim to raise awareness about the health of the world’s oceans and the threat of pollution.
Scientific teams accompanying Lecomte will collect more than 1,000 water samples and study plastic pollution, mammal migration and the effect of extreme endurance events on the human body. – AP