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New record: Longest ever freshwater scuba dive

Jerry Hall of Kingsport, Tennessee, set the world record for the longest freshwater scuba dive by spending more than six days below the surface of South Holston Lake.
Jerry Hall during his record attempt
Jerry Hall website  |  Jerry Hall World record website    |   08-06-2013
Elapsed time and new world record: 06 Days :01 Hours :31 Minutes : 22 Seconds
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Last time, there were a number of people who almost broke his old record, and someone finally did by mere minutes. He decided he wanted to try to get the record back and add, not just minutes, but hours.

—Jim Bean, co-captain of Hall's diving team.

The record he set out to beat was 120 hours, 14 min and 11 seconds, set by Allen Sherrod in 2011, according to the World Record Academy. Hall previously held the record in 2002 and 2004. This year, he set out to win back his title, and then some.

Hall actually broke the record on Thursday but decided to extend the record another day.

To eat, Hall would take a breath of air, remove his regulator, insert small pieces of food into his mouth, chew, swallow, and then reinsert the regulator. He did the same for brushing his teeth. He drank water through a CamelBak.

Hall slept upright tied to the platform. He folded his arms and wore a full face mask, with a 5-pound weight placed on his neck to offset its buoyancy. Divers kept an eye on him the entire time.

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