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British swimmer fails to swim 3,600 miles to bring Olympic spirit to New York

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Biarritz swimmerA British man holidaying in southern France decided to challenge the Atlantic Ocean and swim from Biarritz to America. The 34-year-old was in the French resort holidaying with his friends when the Olympic spirit gripped him and decided to swim more than 3,500 miles.


At 3.30pm, lifeguards watched as he swam past the buoys 300 yards out to sea, which mark the legal limit for swimmers. He then continued to swim until he was out of sight.  At this point, lifeguards called out a helicopter and a diver dropped into the sea and explained to the man that it was a good idea to turn back.

The man was brought back to the shore in a dinghy after rescuers convinced him that it wasn’t a good idea “to bring the Olympic spirit to America.” A rescuer based at the Biarritz airbase told the AFP that the man acted navely but also that “you have to see the funny side of things.”

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