David Vencl set a Guinness World Record

David Vencl set a Guinness World Record

David Vencl, a free-diver, set a Guinness World Record by taking a 170-foot, or 52.1-meter, icy plunge below Switzerland’s Lake Sils without a wetsuit.

Vencl, who is Czech and 40 years old, took just one breath before diving through a hole drilled in the ice to retrieve a sticker placed 170.9 feet below the surface to prove his feat.

He emerged from the same hole after 1 minute and 54 seconds, spat out some blood, and opened a bottle of champagne.

His promoter, Pavel Kalous, said the swim took longer than expected, and Vencl admits he was more nervous than usual and had some problems with breathing.

The water was between 33.8 and 39.2 degrees when Vencl took the plunge, and air temperatures hovered around 40 degrees.

Vencl later visited a hospital to confirm the record-breaking dive hadn’t posed any serious risk.

The Guinness World Record is the second for Vencl. He first made it into the book in 2021 after swimming the 265-foot length of an iced-over Czech lake with just one breath.

Vencl is known for his ability to work with pressure in his ears, lack of oxygen, and cold water.

However, his promoter noted that the combination of these three things made the latest dive very unique and challenging.

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