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Monday, 14 November 2016

Atlantic Swimmer Ben Hooper Is Trying To Swim Through The Atlantic..

Ben Hooper has set off in a bid to set the first official world record for swimming across the Atlantic Ocean.



He started his 2,000-mile (3,200 km) swim from Dakar harbour in Senegal, west Africa.

Mr Hooper's four-month attempt is due to end in Natal in north-east Brazil, next March.

The 38-year-old long-distance swimmer from Cheltenham is hoping his sponsored Swim The Big Blue challenge will raise £1m for charity.

Other people have attempted the swim, but were not ratified by Guinness World Records.

French swimmer Benoit Lecomte was credited as the first to swim across the Atlantic without a kickboard in 1998, but this was not verified.

Mr Hooper said he faces hazards such as storms and ocean predators.

"The idea is to get across safely and I think my only real fear is if something goes mechanically wrong with me.
"Beyond that I am not too worried about marine life. I am going into their world, so I need to be respectful," he said.

"I've already met sharks and jellyfish and nothing has eaten me yet."

Mr Hooper is swimming freestyle front crawl for up to 12 hours a day, and will have to eat 12,000 calories a day to maintain his strength.

He is accompanied by two support boats. The crews include a medic, body therapist and an official observer who will be reporting back to Guinness.

Nigel Taylor-Schofield, captain of one of the support vessels, said before the swim: "There are not many 'firsts' left in this world and I am looking forward to helping Ben join that exclusive and elusive club."

Mr Hooper has completed 12 million metres (7,456 miles) of ocean and pool swimming in preparation.
from bbc

22 comments:

crystal said...

Good morning people, na him sabi. They all have death wishes before

white Berry said...

Okay noted

One trillion said...

End time fish

becky naka said...

Wow... and I'm still learning... good luck to him.

Villager said...

We ah what awa thinking mecks horse.
I wish him whale.

Priceless Jewel said...

A very nice concept for charity! I love swimming like kilode, I remember my undergraduate days that I will swim from morning till evening & they (pool owners) will have to "pursue" me before leaving the pool & we'll still be arguing that shebi na our money... Godspeed Mr. Ben



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Stella Igbokei said...

i wish him well

peace maker said...

Good for him

marriedchick said...

I hope he knows that there are no mermaids there what they have is mami water..lol... it's alright go on

Kachi said...

Wish him all the best

La'creamie said...

What will I not hear!!!

redbotafly said...

Good luck to you ben.

Precious Ibik said...

Nawa o.

iam Owen said...

Don't let all dis our Nigerian brothers hear u oh...before they nah start attempting it in a bid to leave dis country to a better life....d Atlantic is not Ikpoba Hill River in Benin oh...lol

Dark Horse said...

How do this guy's achieve this type of hulky body?? This guys are so precise with all the measurements

Dark Horse said...

How do this guy's achieve this type of hulky body?? This guys are so precise with all the measurements

Paul said...

yes u can...

PLATINUM said...

Suicide mission.

Emilia Peter said...

HmmMmmm good for him

Maureen Ekeh said...

I wish you well brother oyibo wey want break record!

THE KING"S QUEEN said...

Death has started calling you abi? were ya nwayo, maka ndu gi o

Olaide Davies said...

Death dey call you and you dey prepare to answer am?

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