A Florida man on Friday broke the underwater endurance record held for nearly seven years by a Bristol diver.
According to a news release, Allen Sherrod of Groveland, Fla., beat the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records mark for the longest underwater submergence on scuba, which had been held by Bristol diver Jerry Hall.
Sherrod, who entered the water Sunday at Lake David near Orlando, surfaced this morning after 120 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds, beating Hall’s record by about 13 minutes.
Hall earned recognition from Guinness for spending 120 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds submerged in Watauga Lake from Aug. 29 through Sept. 3, 2004. Hall’s dive took place in a specially prepared slip at Fish Springs Marina in Hampton.
The only person before Sherrod to succeed in beating a mark set by Hall was Hall himself. In his first record-setting dive, Hall stayed under water for 71 hours, 39 minutes and 40 seconds in 2002 at Laurel Marina on South Holston Lake. Guinness also recognized that dive.
In total, Hall has spent nearly eight days underwater in pursuit of his two world records. Hall’s 2004 dive raised money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City, according to the release.