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Diver Allen Sherrod Sets World Record

Finally a Photo C ble to relax o n la ourtesy Alyssa nd. Abel. The dive team, support group, and sponsers crowded around including Allen’s son Cody. Photo Courtesy Alyssa Abel

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f you had 120 hours, 14 minutes and 11 seconds what would you do with the time? Diver and scuba instructor Allen Sherrod of Groveland, Florida knows the answer to that question for him…he jumped into Lake David and set a new world record for the longest scuba dive in open fresh water. According to the Guinness Book of World Records the former record for the longest scuba dive in open fresh water was set by Jerry Hall. Hall set his record by being in the water at 12 ft. continuously for 120 hours, 1 minute and 9 seconds in Watauga Lake in Tennessee. Sherrod took the record adding just 13 minutes and 3 seconds to the time mastered. Sherrod played by the rules too; the Guinness World Records rules state that he not surface at any time.

Once his time in the water was up, five full days, Sherrod surfaced to sunlight and applause from onlookers. Safety divers, the Groveland Fire Rescue medics and police officers as well as family members, friends and even some strangers supported Sherrod on his quest. He was quoted as stating that the atmosphere in the water was a bit dark so the sunlight was a welcome sight. Sherrod’s dive was about more than just making the world record. He was also motivated by the fact that the dive was raising money. All the proceeds from the pursuit went to the Wounded Warriors. Wounded Warriors is a non-profit agency that helps soldiers wounded in combat utilize diving as a form of rehabilitation as well as a method to regain lost movement back.

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