Ben Lecomte approaches the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – but, after facing an unprecedented storm in the Pacific, boat mainsail suffered irreparable damage. A broken sail is a devastating blow Ben record effort, but he and the crew are determined to collect unique ocean data from the trash patch and enter the corridor.
Ben's journey began on June 5, 2018 in the city of Japan, Choshi, in San Francisco, CA for the first person to be on the Pacific Coast and to raise awareness about the health of our oceans. A broken flight was forced to reduce the crew's viability. Today, Ben will swim 8 hours over 8 months and over 1,500 marine miles to describe what is commonly referred to as the Great Coast Pacific Coast – the largest deposit zone in the oceans in the world. This is a difficult attempt because Ben has suddenly gone through garbage and plastic pollution, unprecedented typhoons and heavy rain and technical challenges.
"Swim has been hard for us as we still face harmful winds and ocean swells Unfortunately, our sacking has caused irreparable damage that makes us change our course and time," said Ben Lenote. "Security is our number one priority, and at this stage the team will learn all the options to keep in the garbage patch gate."
"The risk of life for Bena and the team brings the Pacific Ocean to the outbreak of pollution results," said Caroline Smith, Chief Content Officer of Seeker. "This unique space of the Pacific Ocean is an important step that allows us to better understand the impact of the oceanic health, Seeker is proud to be partnered with Ben in order to share his special experience and scientific conclusions with our audience around the world."
The unprecedented weather conditions were negotiated during the Western Pacific Trial Season on June 5, 2018, in Japan's Chos, for a 5000 mile world record. After the height of 500 meters, the team was forced to change the pause and return to life on the Japanese coastline for dangerous life storms and typhoons, which would directly hit the team on the road. The digital first publisher Seeker and Nomadica Films has been with him allowing viewers from all over the world to watch and protect Ben and his crew because they are history and explore the world's largest ocean and impact man-contaminated waters.
More than swimming, "The Swim" is the first citizen scientific expedition of such kind. In cooperation with the scientific institutions NASA and Woods Hole Oceanic Institution, Ben and its crew have collected about 1100 samples along the way to learn more about plastic pollution, mammal migration, extreme patience and even long-term spacecraft. Ben and his crew highlight the activities of their NGO partners, including the Institute of Oceanic Institutes and the Atlantic Marine Research Fund, and increase awareness of plastic pollution and climate change.
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