Swimmer begins epic Pacific crossing to highlight plastic pollution

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A French swimmer has begun an attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean, a journey that will take him through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a bid to raise awareness of plastic pollution.

That's the term scientists use to describe billions of pieces of microplastic in the sea.

The Frenchman, 51, was joined on the beach near Choshi, Japan by son Max and daughter Ana as he set out on his six-month, 5,500 mile journey to San Francisco.

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.

The athlete is going to swim eight hours a day and spend the night on Board.

"I like to push my personal limit and try to find what that is", Lecomte told Agence France-Presse in an interview aboard his yacht. This is far from the first challenge Lecomte has taken up.

'Now every time I go with my kids, we see plastic everywhere, ' added Lecomte, who will also wear a device to test levels of radioactive material from the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. I remember times when we would go on the beach and walk and never see any plastic.

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In 1998, Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in MA and finishing in France, the BBC reported.

Along the way, Lecomte and his crew will work with institutions that include NASA and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to gather more than 1,000 samples to learn more about issues such as pollution, health, climate change and mammal migration.

Organizers say Lecomte completed a similar swim across the Atlantic in 1998.

"It didn't happen very soon after the Atlantic (swim) because I got married, I had children, so I put that aside".

"I have a schedule of what I'm going to think about for those eight hours... it's always about keeping my mind occupied".

"Then "boom", you are back in that moment reliving it and your body is just on autopilot".

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