Kicker: Ocean journey


NICK EICHER, HOST: If all goes according to plan, 50-year-old Ben Lecomte will become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. It’s expected to take six months before he lands on the shores of San Francisco. Lecomte set off from Japan on May 20th.

His 5,500 mile voyage will take him through swirling trash, which is part of the point. He wants to raise awareness of the problem of ocean pollution.

LECOMTE: I have been dreaming, eating, sleeping that idea. Now it’s reality.

He just might make it. In 1998 when he was 30, he swam from Massachusetts to his home country, France.  

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