Ben Hooper abandons Atlantic swim

BenHooper.jpgSad to hear that Ben Hooper has abandoned his ambitious attempt to become the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean.

Hooper, 38, left Dakar in Senegal on the African West Coast on November 13 hoping to swim to Brazil’s Natal – a distance of 1,883 miles.

But he was finally forced to abandon the attempt after 87 miles when his support vessel suffered damage during a storm.

Ben Hooper, 38, said it would have been “foolhardy” to try and carry on with his near 2,000 mile challenge for both medical and technical reasons.

Hooper lost 15 days’ swimming due to a combination of poor weather as well as medical problems after being stung by a Portuguese man o’ war.

During the swim, the former policeman and soldier also had to battle 20ft waves, and was followed by a 10ft shark.

Mr Hooper said this was not the end of his challenge and he planned to have another attempt in the future and raise the planned £1 million for charity.

Said Hooper: “We are all safe and that Big Blue remains seaworthy and capable of completing crossing of the Atlantic ocean during the months of December and January.

“I reiterate that my attempt to become the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean, every single mile, remains but that it has been postponed for the time being.

“My crew have worked tirelessly to make this possible and this decision has not been taken lightly. Indeed, the easy option would have been to carry on at all costs. That would have been foolhardy and unnecessary.”