Czech free diver breaks world record for ice swimming By Reuters

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LAHOST, Czech Republic (Reuters) – Czech diver David Vencl swam nearly 81 meters under the ice on Tuesday, breaking the world record after braving the icy water wearing only a bathing suit. “This will do,” Vencl said after emerging from his 1.5-minute bath in 3-degree-C water and shaking his fist in celebration. The 38-year-old changed the location for the record attempt to a former quarry in Lahost, 100 kilometers northwest of Prague, from a glacial lake in Austria due to COVID restrictions that made international travel difficult. Vencl, who fell into the water through a foot-thick hole cut in the ice before emerging from another, broke the previous record of 250 feet set by Dane Stig Avall Severinsen in October 2017 in southern Greenland.

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