British swimmer to brave sharks, storms in Atlantic crossing

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A 38-year-old British man set out on Sunday on a 2,000 mile (3,200 km) swim from Senegal to Brazil, seeking to become the first person to make it across the Atlantic Ocean.

Ben Hooper, a former military policeman who has been training for the challenge since 2013, expects to take between four and five months to swim to Natal in Brazil.

Wearing swimming shorts, he waved to well-wishers, saying "See you in Brazil" before wading into the water at Dakar's Monaco beach and starting a steady front crawl in the direction of Goree island.

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