These types of of attempts are pretty frustrating for the view point of a taxpayer. If he is successful, what was really gained, and if he is not then he leads to an extremely expensive rescue that is footed by taxpayers and not the guy in the boat.
It has happened a few times with another French guy (why French both times?) in a wild looking ocean going kayak. He’s left the east coast of the US and then needs rescue a few days later.