Wed 15 March 2023:
A Czech man claimed a remarkable feat of human endurance after diving without a wetsuit beneath Switzerland’s Lake Sils and emerging from its 50-meter icy depth.
David Vencl, 40, jumped 52.1 meters in a single breath. The achievement follows David’s entry into the Guiness World Records in 2021, when he swam the length of a frozen Czech lake.
Vencl dived through a hole in the ice. He then retrieved a sticker from a depth of 50 meters to prove his feat and re-e,rhed through the same. He spat some blood, sat down for a minute and then opened a bottle of champagne, Reuters reported.
A later visit to the hospital confirmed there was nothing serious.
The Swiss plunge in temperatures of between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius took him 1 minute 54 seconds, his promoter Pavel Kalous said, which was a bit slower than expected.
“He kind of enjoyed it but he admits he was a little more nervous than usual and he had some problems with breathing,” he told Reuters.
“There is nothing difficult for him to be in cold water… Lack of oxygen is something normal for him. But this was completely different because it’s really difficult to work with the pressure in your ears in cold water,” he added.
“If you combine all these three things: cold water, lack of oxygen and the problem with working with pressure, it’s something very unique,” he added.
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