Swimmer sets off on quest to cross Atlantic

A former serviceman from Cheltenham has set off on his quest to become the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean.

Ben Hooper is leaving for Senegal, which will be the starting point in November for his 2,000 mile challenge.

It should take 140 days, swimming around 10 hours a day, to cross from Africa to Brazil. He's raising money for a number of charities.

You can follow updates of his progress on his blog.

Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming the entire length of the Atlantic
Ben has been training for the last two years swimming up to 20 km every day
Ben's swim will see him tackle 30ft high swells and shark infested waters