Police are calling British forklift driver Arron Hughes, 28, of North Wales “the luckiest man alive” after he successfully swam across Nevada’s Hoover Dam — drunk.
According to officials, Hughes only escaped being dragged underwater during his 30-minute swim because 9 of the dam’s ten turbines were off.
“It was my first time in Vegas. We hadn’t stopped drinking all week and I just wanted to make the most of it,” Hughes told reporters. “We decided to go and see the Hoover Dam and, on the way there, me and my friend were sat in the back of the pick-up. It was like an oven — it was roasting. It was so hot that as soon as we arrived, I jumped in.”
At the time, Hughes was in the midst of a 37-hour booze bender, according to a report in the UK-based Sun. He recalled, “Then I just thought, ‘Why not keep going?’”
He did experience some difficulty. “I was sucked towards the wall and had to swim hard. At the other side, I was exhausted. Then I heard police shout,” said Hughes, who was arrested right after his epic swim.
The Hoover Dam, on the border of Arizona and Nevada, provides water and electricity for Las Vegas — but 275 people have died there in a decade. By surviving the unplanned dip, Hughes made history as the first person to ever make it across the dam.
Handcuffed and fined, Hughes said the police were horrified by his stunt. “I was handcuffed and taken back to their office at the dam.”
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