Drunk Man Becomes First to Survive Hoover Dam Swim

Lucky for Aaron Hughes most of the turbines weren't on
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2017 5:03 AM CDT
Updated Sep 16, 2017 5:14 PM CDT
Drunk Man Becomes First to Survive Hoover Dam Swim
In this Oct. 2, 2012, file photo shows the Hoover Dam bypass bridge near Boulder City, Nev.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The world's least shocking quote: A British man's admission that his fairly miraculous swim across the Hoover Dam reservoir was "drink fueled," per the Guardian. Arron Hughes speaks to the Daily Post about his Aug. 10 experience, which came after what he says was a 37-hour bachelor-party bender with friends in Las Vegas. He describes it as a brutally hot day and says that as they stood under the 726-foot-tall structure, he decided, "F--- it! I'm going for a swim." What he didn't know then that he knows now: Some 275 people have died at the dam over the last decade, and no one has successfully made it across the full width of the Colorado River there. But he apparently had luck on his side: Only one of the 10 hydroelectric turbines were powered on during his swim.

"I swam from Arizona to Nevada," he tells the Post. "I went across first and then swam back. ... It took about 30 minutes to do. Even though I was knackered half way across I knew I had to get to the other side." He reportedly told the Sun that he was about 160 feet from the dam and felt a strong tug. "I was sucked towards the wall and had to swim hard." He says police were waiting for him and handcuffed him for what he didn't realize wasn't permitted, as he says there aren't any "no swimming" signs posted. "You're just expected not to." He says he ended up getting fined about $330, but, as the tattoo on his body reads, per the Times of London: "No regrets." (This bachelor party ended up being a scam.)

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