Underwater Record: Jerry Hall Has Lived In A Lake For Five Days And Counting [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on August 2, 2013 1:25 PM EDT

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Jerry Hall has broken an underwater record by staying submerged for more than 5 days. He played underwater checkers with other divers to pass the time. (Photo: Facebook)

Jerry Hall broke an underwater record yesterday when the Tennessee scuba diver spent 120 hours and 15 minutes submerged. And Hall is still going strong, hoping to break the six-day mark at 3:00 PM today.

"I'm so happy right now, I can't stand it!" Hall told a local news station using an underwater microphone.

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Hall, 48, began his quest to break the underwater record on Saturday, when he went down into South Holston Lake in Kingsport, Tenn., where a 20-by-20 foot wooden platform had been constructed.

Hall has a team of 20 volunteer divers assisting him underwater, supplying him with drinks like water and Gatorade. He eats by removing his regulator, chewing and swallowing before placing the regulator back on his face.

How does the underwater record-breaker pass the time, you may wonder? Not much different from people on land, it turns out: by watching TV.

Dive Captain Jim Bean said that Hall has spent most of his time watching things like the television show MASH and movies like Django Unchained and True Grit on the underwater TV system. He's also played underwater checkers with the dive team volunteers.

On Sunday night, one day into Hall's underwater record-breaking dive, he was greeted by a surprise visitor: his girlfriend, Tina Fuller. The visit was all the more special and surprising to Hall because Fuller didn't have a diving certificate. But Fuller got her certificate right before she had her first solo dive on Sunday, and she dipped down into South Holston Lake to find Fuller watching TV.

"He was so surprised," Fuller said. "He had no idea. I stayed with him for 10 minutes. We sat on the platform and held hands and kissed. I said 'I love you' as much as you can say anything underwater. It was so sweet."

Hall told local station WYCB that one of the things he's most looking forward to when he surfaces is a hot dog.

If you're wondering what the longest time someone has held the breath underwater without the aid of scuba equipment is, that would be 22 minutes and 22 seconds. That record was set by a 35-year-old German man, Tom Sietas, who has a lung capacity 20 percent higher than the average person of his size.

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