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Will Benoit Lecomte successfully swim across the Pacific Ocean?

Benoit Lecomte is an accomplished long-distance swimmer who is attempting to swim from Japan to California in an effort to raise awareness about the environmental impact of plastics and other trash on the world's beaches and oceans.

In 1998, Lecomte swam from Massachusetts to France (roughly 3,700 miles in 73 days) to raise money for cancer research. He will use a similar method in this attempt, with a boat accompanying him for rest periods and eating/drinking. On a daily basis, Lecomte expects to cover about 40 miles in 8 hours. It will take him more than 4 months to complete the 5,500 mile journey.

For this question to resolve positively, Lecomte must arrive in San Francisco having completed the journey in one attempt and by way of a "staged swim", in which each day of swimming begins where the other ends. Daily boat respites and breaks resulting from emergency situations (weather, shark encounters, injury, illness, safety equipment faults, etc) shall not disqualify as long as the staged swim continues. Certification from Guinness or any other governing body not required. Lecomte must swim under his own power at all times.

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