The Vortex Swim returns to shore


In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Ben Lecomte found a smog of microplastics threatening marine life and the health of our planet. With the 300 nautical mile swim complete, the mission continues to move to natural.⁠

80 days at sea
A 350 nautical mile swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
3,800 pieces of floating debris recorded
45,000 microplastics collected
240 microfiber batches sampled
The first Trans-Pacific data set on plastic pollution ever achieved

“I reached my goal of swimming 300 nautical miles.
This expedition ends, but the real challenge
is for all of us. How are we going to
tackle plastic pollution?

About Author

Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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