A British Man Is Trying to Swim the 2,000 Miles From Africa to South America

A British Man Is Trying to Swim the 2,000 Miles From Africa to South America


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Ben Hooper is resolved to swim over the Atlantic Ocean.

The 38-year-old British man left Senegal on Sunday to swim the distance to the shoreline of Brazil.

From Dakar, Senegal, Hooper will swim 1,635 nautical miles—almost 2,000 land miles—until the point when he achieves Natal, Brazil. Hooper will (in all likelihood) not step foot ashore again until March. He will swim for around eight hours and consume roughly 12,000 calories each day.

Hooper prepared for a long time before embarking to overcome 30-foot waves and sharks.

The ex-policeman said that the swim is motivated by his eight-year-old little girl. In the wake of torment from sadness three years prior, Hooper discovered comfort in swimming. His preferred epic transoceanic swim is illustrative to turn his life around for his daughter.

The swimmer has an intriguing association with water. "I almost suffocated when I was 5 of every a swimming pool in Belgium," Hooper told the Associated Press. "Ever since...I've had this liking with water. It was the calmest I've ever felt."

Hooper will be joined to Brazil by two boats and a full group, including a paramedic. Amid the swim, he will wear cover apparatus to stealthily swim past sharks, headphones pumping inspiration music (Eminem and "eurotrash") and a GPS beacon so individuals can track his five-month journey.

The adventure will likewise be recorded for a TV narrative that will air if/when Hooper finishes the journey.

The swimmer would like to raise £1 million ($1.25 million) for philanthropies through patrons and propel individuals, particularly kids, to begin swimming.

Hooper follows in the strides of British pioneer Ranulph Fiennes who depicted swimming the Atlantic as one of the last obvious accomplishments of endurance.

The just other individual to swim over the Atlantic was Benoît Lecomte in 1998. Anyway the Frenchman's voyage was never checked by Guinness World Records.

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