Tenn. man underwater in diving gear 6 days

Tenn. man underwater in diving gear 6 days

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee scuba diver has set what is believed to be a record freshwater dive of more than six days.

Jerry Hall emerged from South Holston Lake in Tennessee's northeast corner at 1:42 p.m. EDT on Friday after going under the surface at noon on Saturday, June 27. The dive lasted six days, one hour and 42 minutes.

His trainer, Ella Helton, described Hall as very weak and very emotional as he surfaced, especially as he hugged his son.

Hall, who is 49, set an earlier record of 5 days in 2008 that was certified by Guinness World Records, but a Florida diver later said he bested the mark.

The record was broken at 12:25 p.m. on Thursday. Hall, who is 49, stayed down another day to extend the mark.

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