(BBC News) A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him.
Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months.
His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage.
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He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents.