This is the moment a burly nurse male swims across a lake pulling a 3.5-tonne boat in a world record attempt.
Extreme swimmer and 15-time world record holder Martin Hoi, who is a nurse in his day job, attempted to pull the boat filled with half a tonne of books, known as a ‘swimming library’, across Woerthersee Lake in Klagenfurt, the capital of the Austrian state of Carinthia.
Video Credit: CEN/ mein-klagenfurt.at
The floating library belongs to the Carinthian Chamber of Labour and swimmers and people by the lake can stop by to pick up some summer reading material.
In the video, Hoi can be seen gearing up for his attempt before he begins pulling the boat across the water as a safety diver looks on.
The burly nurse reaches the end of the course and a lifeguard then jumps into the water. Tw idvers and two lifeguards can then be seen helping bring the exhausted Hoi back to dry land.
The President of the Chamber of Labour, Guenther Goach, said: “We are excited that our boat isn’t just of interest to the thousands of readers around Woerthersee Lake, but also of interest to the 15-time world record holder Martin Hoi. We would like to congratulate him on his sporting achievements and everyone interested in our book boat that has more than 800 books on board.”
Hoi, dubbed the ‘Carinthian Steelman’, already holds 15 world records in various categories including bungee jumping, pulling a lorry 30 metres with one finger, and pulling heavy objects on ice.
The German World Record Institute (RID) is now checking the record attempt and will then decide whether he can claim his sixteenth world record.
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