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Atlantic swim: the challenge in numbers

Ben has been training for this for years. Credit: Ben Hooper

A British father is about to attempt to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

Ben Hooper has taken on quite an amazing challenge - in fact, no one has ever done it before!

Looking at some of these numbers, it might not be so surprising....

The distance

2,000
miles Ben will try to swim
12
hours per day Ben will spend swimming
4.5
estimated amount of months Ben will be out in the ocean

The danger

Ben is going to have to face some pretty daunting physical challenges over the next 140 days, from storms to sharks...

Credit: Ben Hooper
40mph
speed at which flying fish could hit Ben in the face
30ft
height waves could reach in a storm
26 ° C
lowest sea temperature Ben is likely to come across

The daily grind

And just how do you keep going during such a mammoth mission? Ben will need to eat and sleep regularly to keep himself healthy.

12,000
calories per day Ben is likely to burn
20mins
interval between Ben's "feeds" - food and drink thrown to him in the water

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Woman arrested after serious assault in Longlevens

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A 21-year-old woman suffered stab wounds to the chest and groin in a serious assault in Longlevens in the early hours.

An 18-year-old woman from Cheltenham has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the attack, which also saw another woman, also 21, suffer a less serious cut to the arm.

The incident happened at a house in Meadowleaze shortly before 1.45am today (Saturday 8 October).

The more seriously injured victim remains in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital today.

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