Bulgarian Man Swims Lake Ohrid Tied In A Bag: How Did Jane Petkov Make 1.2 Mile Swim?

By Philip Ross on September 13, 2013 11:06 AM EDT

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Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, where a Bulgarian man swam 1.25 miles bound in an orange body bag. (Photo: Creative Commons)

File this bit of news under your "What The Heck" file. A 59-year-old Bulgarian man named Jane Petkov swam Lake Ohrid, one of Eruope's deepest and oldest lakes located on the border of Macedonia and Albania, in one of the most bizarre and unconventional ways we can imagine.

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According to The BBC, Petkov swam 1.25 miles of Lake Ohrid tied up in an orange, porous bag, with his arms and legs bound tight. According to reports, the 59-year-old floated on his back and moved his body like a dolphin in order to propel himself across the lake. His average speed was about .43 miles per hour - about seven times slower than the slowest actual dolphin.  

"I was very cold for the first kilometer," Petkov said after completing Tuesday's cross-lake swim. "But after that it was all fine, no problem whatsoever."

It took Petkov two hours and 55 minutes, according to AFP. He was hoping to land a place in the Guinness World Record hall of fame. For what, exactly, is still unclear. But the event organizers who hosted the swim said they properly documented the attempt so that it could be officially recognized as a Guinness World record.  

They're still waiting for Guinness to respond.

And in case a story about a man swimming in a body bag isn't bizarre enough for you, another man from the U.S. is about to attempt a cross-Atlantic trip in a rescue boat tied to 370 helium balloons. "Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, the 39-year-old IT consultant from Raleigh lifted off from Caribou, Maine using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in the animated movie [UP]," CBS News reports.

The most recent update: The man failed. He touched down somewhere near Canada just 12 hours after taking off. Oh well!

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