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French adventurer, 71, embarks on transatlantic trip to Caribbean in huge orange barrel

Jean-Jacques Savin will drop markers on his way to help oceanographers study currents in the Atlantic Ocean.

A 71-year-old Frenchman has embarked on an epic journey across the Atlantic on a barrel-shaped capsule heading towards the Caribbean.

Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands and is hoping to finish the trip in the orange vessel, which will use ocean currents to propel itself, in about three months.

He is expecting to travel 2,800 miles (4,500km) and drop markers from the 3m (10ft) long, 2.1m (7ft) wide resin-coated plywood craft to help oceanographers study currents in the Atlantic Ocean.

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