Ben Lecomte: Swimmer abandons attempt to swim Pacific


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A French man has abandoned his bid to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean after his support boat was damaged by a storm.

Ben Lecomte, 51, set off from the coast of Japan on 5 June and had covered more than 2,700 km (1,500 nautical miles) of the 9,100 km journey.

But “irreparable” damage to a sail on the boat forced him to stop.

Mr Lecomte has been trying to raise awareness of climate change and plastic pollution throughout the journey.

“I am very disappointed because I had not reached my mental and physical limits,” he said in a statement.

He added: “We’ve faced treacherous winds, rain and ocean swells that have forced us to alter our course, and the irreparable damage to the sail is an insurmountable blow.”


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