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Blimp Tows Water Skier 6.9 Miles to Set World Record

Kari McCollum was towed across a Southern California lake
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2018 3:34 PM CDT
Blimp Tows Water Skier 6.9 Miles to Set World Record
A blimp tows a skier on Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The blimp towed skier Kari McCollum for 6.9 miles for a new record, according to Philip Robertson, an adjudicator with Guinness World Records.   (Terry Pierson/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

(Newser) – Yes, that was a blimp towing a water skier across the surface of a Southern California lake. The Press-Enterprise reports the blimp towed skier Kari McCollum for 6.9 miles at Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. The newspaper says that's a new record, according to Philip Robertson, an adjudicator with Guinness World Records. The old mark for a water skier being towed by a blimp or airship was nearly 5 miles, the AP reports. The companies sponsoring the event included T-Mobile and AirSign, an aerial advertising company. See more photos in our gallery. (Read more Guinness World Records stories.)

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