Frenchman begins Pacific Ocean crossing attempt

08 Junio, 2018, 02:46 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • Frenchman begins Pacific Ocean crossing attempt

French marathon swimmer Benoit "Ben" Lecomte prepares himself in Choshi, Chiba prefecture on June 5, 2018 as he takes the start of his attempt of swimming across the Pacific Ocean.

He is doing this swim to raise awareness about the health of the world's oceans and the threat of pollution.

After successfully completing the Atlantic swim, Lecomte vowed "never again" to set off on a long-distance sea journey.

Researchers and support crew members will accompany Lecomte in a yacht called Discoverer, while doctors will monitor Lecomte's condition remotely on land.

"It didn't happen very soon after the Atlantic (swim) because I got married, I had children, so I put that aside".

He will swim approximately eight hours a day.

A Global Positioning System tracker will be fitted to his support boat to allow interested viewers to keep up-to-date with his progress on his website.

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On his journey he will be crossing a patch of ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area three times the size of France where large amounts of garbage and plastic waste have collected.

Lecomte, whose Pacific swim began on World Environment Day, said he was concerned about the harmful effect of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems.

In particular, they are anxious about microplastic particles, bits measuring no more than two-tenths of an inch (5 mm), which come from large plastic trash that has fragmented into smaller pieces or microbeads in products like facial soap, body wash and toothpaste.

"The mental part is much more important than the physical", he told AFP.

"I remember my father and he was the one who taught me how to swim in the Atlantic".

"When I was little and I was with my father walking on the beach, I didn't see any plastic, or hardly any", he said. "Now, everywhere I go, on the beach, I see plastic everywhere", Lecomte said. "It's a problem we created and there is a very easy solution to start reversing it-single-use plastics for example, if we stop using them that will make a big change". "We know what we have to do". However, his achievement was not documented, therefore it is not recorded in the Guinness Book of records.

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