Bristol man attempts world record freshwater dive - WKRN News 2

Bristol man attempts world record freshwater dive

Posted: Updated: Aug 1, 2013 05:05 AM
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -

A Tennessee man is closing in on his goal of setting a new world record.

Jerry Hall of Bristol is attempting to break the record for the longest freshwater scuba dive.

He entered the waters of South Holston Lake on Saturday, July 27 and hasn't come back up since.

To keep his hands and feet from getting too wrinkly in the water, he uses a special cream every 12 hours.

Volunteers send the cream down to Hall in gloves and socks, then change them out regularly to keep his skin from getting too moist.

Over 20 volunteer divers are working to make sure he has everything he needs, such as constant supply of water and Gatorade, and even small bites of food.

Hall is able to eat by putting bites of food into plastic baggies, taking a deep breath, and pushing it through his lips into his mouth. If any lake water gets through the bag, he simply spits it out and starts chewing.

Hall hopes to stay in the water until 12 p.m. Friday, which would not only break the world record, but add several hours so that it's more difficult to top.

To keep track of his last day under the water in South Holston Lake, visit Hall's Web site or Facebook Page.

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