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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:

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

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

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

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  4. 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



    ... Jesus is my worth!

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

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  6. 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

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

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

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  9. I wish you well brother oyibo wey want break record!

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

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

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