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Moroccan to swim from Alaska to Russia

Posted: August 6, 2014 - 12:09am

ANCHORAGE — A 27-year-old man is headed to the Bering Strait as part of his goal to be the first Moroccan to swim between every continent.

Hassan Baraka plans to swim 3 miles from Little Diomede Island to Big Diomede Island, Russia, Thursday, KTVA reported.

However, he said Monday during a practice swim in Anchorage that the Russian government hadn’t yet given permission for him to come ashore.

There is a backup plan if he doesn’t get the OK. Instead, he’ll swim to Little Diomede from the international dateline.

Previous swims have taken him from Morocco to Spain and the Bosporus Strait, separating Europe from Asia.

The swim is intended to bring awareness to coastal issues, and he wants to show the world that borders don’t have to divide people.

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