NEW YORK —
At least he’ll have the ocean currents in his favor.
Benoit “Ben” Lecomte, a Frenchman living in the United States, intends to swim clear across the Pacific Ocean next year, an unprecedented 5,500-mile (8,800-kilometer) journey expected to last five grueling months—and may land him in the history books.
For Lecomte, 44, it’s not his first extraordinary oceanic adventure. In 1998, his entourage said, he was the first man to swim the Atlantic, crossing the 3,400-mile route from Cape Cod, in the northeastern US state of Massachusetts, to Quiberon, France in 73 days.
Swimming “is a bit monotonous, but it’s my passion,” Lecomte told AFP.
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