Man attempts to swim from France to New York to spread Olympic cheer

by Adeniyi Abdul

Perhaps the spectacle of the opening ceremony was even more amazing than we previously concluded, as it has resulted in a very special case of being gripped by the Olympic spirit.

A 34-year old Brit has been rescued from the Atlantic ocean after a strange attempt to swim from France to New York. The man had been holidaying in Biarritz, a southern city in France, with his friends who he told about his plans. His friends had believed his bizarre suggestions to be a joke and allowed him attempt to go on the, 3,594 mile swim, to carry the Olympic Spirit across.

Lifeguards watched as he swam, expecting him to return but had to go after him in a helicopter when he disappeared. They advised him to turn back but he replied saying he was a strong swimmer and would make it. After some more negotiations, the lifeguards then threw him a line and towed him back to the beach.

“He was a bit naïve,” said AxcLaurent Saintespes, senior officer at Biarritz airbase. “But at a time when the Olympics are taking place in London you have to see the funny side of things.”

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