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Sunday 22 September 2019

Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

The barrel is equipped with a kitchen area, and a mattress with straps to keep him from being thrown about by rough seas.

Frenchman Jean-Jacques with his capsule (Jean-Jacques Savin/AP)
Frenchman Jean-Jacques with his capsule (Jean-Jacques Savin/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed barrel capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea.

Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 2,800-mile journey to the Caribbean in about three months.

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Frenchman Jean-Jacques with his capsule (Jean-Jacques Savin/AP)

Savin will drop markers from his three-metre long resin-coated plywood capsule along the trip to assist oceanographers in their study of currents in the Atlantic Ocean.

The barrel is equipped with a kitchen area, and a mattress with straps to keep him from being thrown about by rough seas.

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