- France’s Benoit Lecomte begins his bid to be the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean
- Ben Lecomte will swim for eight hours a day for six months – accompanied by a support sailboat and six crew members – as he heads towards the US west coast
A French long distance professional swimmer has set off from the dry land of Japan aiming to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean.
Ben Lecomte, 51, will swim for eight hours a day for more than six months, accompanied by a support sailboat and six crew members, as he heads towards the San Francisco, USA.
Daily routine will remain virtually the same for the entire trip for Lecomte. He will swim for eight hours, jump on board the sailboat to eat and sleep, and then hit the water again.
To keep his energy levels high, he is aiming to consume 8,000 calories a day.
Laconte left at 8am on Tuesday from Choshi, which is northeast of Tokyo. He faces dangers including sharks, storms, swarms of jellyfish, and extremely low water temperatures.
More than six years of preparations have lead to this moment. Finally really to start my swim across the Pacific Ocean. #theswim #benlecomtetheswim watch the live stream of my departure on @Seeker Facebook. @Discovery pic.twitter.com/TPJlz4tbEY
— Ben Lecomte (@BenLecomteSwim) June 4, 2018
“For the moment we know he left and everything went well,” Spokesman Alexandre Borreil said.
Lecomte and his team have partnered with 12 organizations, including NASA and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. More than 1,000 water samples will be taken along the route and checked for pollution levels and microscopic plant and animal life. And he is wearing a radiation monitor on his wetsuit to measure the lasting legacy of the Fukushima reactor disaster on the ocean.