A Londoner in the grip of Olympic mania has had to be rescued by lifeguards in the south of France after he set off from a beach, to swim to the US.
The Daily Mail reports the 34-year-old told his friends that he was off to New York to carry the Olympic spirit across the Atlantic.
They thought he was joking, so let him go.
Watched by lifeguards on the shore, he continued swimming until he was out of sight on his 5,784 kilometre journey.
Despite rescuers dropping a diver from a helicopter into the sea to rescue him, the man felt he was up to it because he was a strong swimmer.
Eventually a rescue dinghy arrived and the man was towed back to the beach.