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British swimmer braves sharks in Atlantic crossing

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>> After multiple delays and three years of training, a British man is off on a long voyage, aiming to become the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean. Ben Hooper is reliant on a camouflage wetsuit and cans of rotting shark cartilage to act as a natural repellent.>> We're here, 12 million meters past training, over 400,000 pounds in equipment and sponsorship and an incredible team that are all over there and we're going.
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And together we're gonna show nothing's impossible. I just wanna raise 1 million pounds for charity as I go.>> The former military policeman is swimming from Senegal to Brazil. The 2,000 mile swim expected to take 4 to 5 months. The 38 year old will be in the water for 12 hours a day in 2 sessions.
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Some of the swim through a shark breeding ground and heavy seas. That hasn't put Hooper off though, he gave a cheery see you in Brazil as he waded into the water to begin.