A French swim­mer

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has set off on an at­tempt to be­come the first per­son to swim across the Pa­cific. Benoît Le­comte, 51, hopes to raise aware­ness of plas­tic pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change by swim­ming through the “great Pa­cific garbage patch” – an area of ac­cu­mu­lated de­bris more than twice the size of France. Le­comte was the first per­son to cross the At­lantic without a kick­board, in 1998, and has spent seven years pre­par­ing for this jour­ney. He plans to swim the 5,500 miles from Choshi, Ja­pan, to San Francisco in six months, swim­ming for eight hours a day. Aboard the sup­port boat where he will sleep, sci­en­tists will be re­search­ing plas­tic con­tam­i­na­tion.

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