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Cross-Pacific swimmer to pass through garbage vortex

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ON United Nations’ World Environment Day, 51-year-old French adventurer Ben Lecomte launched his efforts to do what many people may consider the impossible by swimming 9,000 km across the Pacific Ocean.

Battling sharks and jellyfish, the passionate environmentalist hopes his epic mission from Tokyo to San Francisco will raise awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans – an obstacle that could prove to be his most dangerous foe.

More than six years of preparations have lead to this moment. Finally really to start my swim across the Pacific Ocean. #theswim #benlecomtetheswim watch the live stream of my departure on @Seeker Facebook. @Discovery pic.twitter.com/TPJlz4tbEY

— Ben Lecomte (@BenLecomteSwim) June 4, 2018

The mapped-out route will take Lecomte through the centre of the infamous Great Pacific garbage patch, or Pacific trash vortex, a giant gyre of marine debris the size of Texas. A recent study published in........

© Asian Correspondent