Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Individuals from Turkey to France, Israel to the UK, Australia to Chile are onboard the Discoverer, the escort boat for Ben Lecomte’s The Longest Swim, his 8,721 km assisted stage swim from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco, California scheduled to start on June 5th.

28-year-old Dtuch expedition medic and researcher Maks Romeijn is part of the support team on the planned 6-8 month transoceanic crossing.

After following an expedition medicine course organized by World Extreme Medicine, it was only a matter of time before I would head off for an expedition.

Having sailed from a young age and kite surfing year round whenever there is wind, water always played an important role in my life.

To dedicate my time to preserve the oceans, while being an expedition doctor on a Pacific crossing, is an absolute dream and I didn’t need to think long about joining The Swim. Together with Lauren Horner and our onshore medical team, I will take care of all people on board and monitor Ben during the swim.

Also, we will lead the medical research projects, including imaging studies of Ben’s heart in collaboration with NASA.

Besides the safe and sound return of the crew, I hope that we make people think more about the use of plastic and the effects it is having on our planet.”

Lecomte’s swim can be followed on the Seeker or on his website. His live tracker can be seen here.

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