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A French swimmer will to the first person to across the Pacific Ocean. Ben Lecomte, 51, set off from Japan on Tuesday on his superhuman task of crossing the ocean. It will him more than six months to the 9,000-km swim. He will have to swim for eight hours a day to his target on the west coast of the USA. He will also have to many dangers. There will be sharks, jellyfish, storms, rough seas, and very low water temperatures. He will also have to exhaustion and any injuries he up along the way. However, Mr Lecomte said: "The mental part is much more important than the physical. You have to sure you always think about something positive."

Lecomte has been for six years to take up this challenge. He has every day during that time by swimming in the sea. This is to make sure he is in top physical condition. He has also been his mind. It will be a very lonely swim and he to be mentally tough. Lecomte said he is doing the swim to awareness of climate change, the effects of plastic rubbish in the ocean, and the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the ocean. Scientists will also his body to monitor how extreme exercise affects the heart. In 1998, Lecomte the first solo trans-Atlantic swim. It him 73 days to cover the 6,400km. When he dry land, his first words , "never again".

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