Swimmer sets off in attempt to be first to cross Pacific

In this undated image released by the Ben Lecomte group A.K.K The Longest Swim, Ben Lecomte adjusts his suit during swimming practices in Los Angeles, California. Lecomte set off Tuesday from Japan in an attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific ocean with San Francisco as his final destination. (Ben Lecomte group A.K.K The Longest Swim via AP)
In this undated image released by the Ben Lecomte group A.K.K The Longest Swim, Ben Lecomte practices his swimming in Los Angeles, California. Lecomte set off Tuesday from Japan in an attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific ocean with San Francisco as his final destination. (Ben Lecomte group A.K.K The Longest Swim via AP)

TOKYO — Professional distance swimmer Ben Lecomte set off from Japan to San Francisco on Tuesday in an attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean.

Spokesman Alexandre Borreil said Lecomte left at 8 a.m. on Tuesday from Choshi, Japan, which is northeast of Tokyo in neighboring Chiba prefecture. He is expected to swim eight hours daily on a journey that could take six to eight months and will cover about 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

"For the moment we know he left and everything went well," Borreil said.

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

He's doing this swim to raise awareness about the health of the world's oceans and the threat of pollution.

Scientific teams accompanying Lecomte will collect more than 1,000 water samples and study plastic pollution, mammal migration and the effect of extreme endurance events on the human body.

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