Swimming across the reservoir that sits behind the Hoover Dam is no easy task. The reservoir is over half a mile across in parts and with a series of turbines and a spillway that draws water extremely fast– going for a dip is a gamey proposition.
Simply put, you don’t make it across in time– you die. Not one to step away from a boozy urge and with encouragement from a group of tuned-up bachelors, 28 year-old Welsh resident Arron Hughes decided to go for it. Swimming across the reservoir took the man half an hour. According to The Sun, Hughes started swimming in earnest about halfway across when he began feeling the pull of the current. In an interview with The Sun Hughes recalled the feeling saying, “I was sucked towards the wall and had to swim hard.”
After exiting the water, the courageous drunk was met by police who issued the fork-lift driver a $330 fine for “jumping, diving, swimming from dam’s spillways or other structures.” Reports indicate that Hughes has a tattoo on his arm that reads, “no regrets.” Over 100 people have died at the Hoover Dam in the last 10 years and Hughes is the first confirmed person to have completed the swim.
Find the entire Sun article here: DAM STUPID Idiot stag-do Brit arrested after becoming first person to survive swim over Hoover Dam’s deadly turbines