Watch Ben Lecomte Swim 5,000 Miles for Ocean Pollution Awareness

‘The Swim’ documents Ben Lecomte’s longest swim distance yet — 5,000 miles.

Watch long-distance swimmer (and we mean long distance) Ben Lecomte swim 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. The journey took Lacomte approximately 6 months, swimming from Tokyo to San Francisco.

The purpose of the feat was to raise awareness of ocean pollution, which he has been doing for a few years now. In 2019, Lecomte swam 300 nautical miles — 8 hours a day for about 3 months — through the Pacific Ocean’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch as part of that work.

Lecomte, a beast of a swimmer, is qualified for this type of insane attempt. As far back as 1998, he became the first man to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

“The Swim” documentary following Lecomte’s attempt premiered this week on Discovery+. Learn more and watch the full documentary.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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