British man calls off attempt to swim Atlantic

A British man aiming to become the first person to swim across the Atlantic said on Friday that he has called off his attempt after a support vessel suffered extensive damage.

Hooper said damage from a storm to his support vessel, a catamaran called Big Blue, had forced him to postpone the trip after swimming 87 miles in 33 days.

“We have NOT failed; we have achieved and gained the knowledge to succeed in the future,” Hooper said in a statement, adding that he and his team would sail to Natal in Brazil by the shortest route possible.

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