Adventure

Olympics Inspire Impromptu Transatlantic Swim

Man only makes it 300 yards

An unnamed British man in the grips of Olympic fever was rescued after attempting to swim from Biarritz, France, to New York City. According to his friends, the 34-year-old told them that he wanted to “carry the Olympic spirit across the Atlantic.” Apparently inspired by Olympic swimming events, he jumped into the water and started going—to the disbelief of his vacation-mates. The man only made it about a quarter-mile before lifeguards floated out in a dinghy to rescue him. He put up a brief struggle, telling the lifeguards he was a strong swimmer and felt he could make the trip, before eventually relenting. It is 3,594 miles from Biarritz to New York.

Via NBC New York

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