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Diver to spend next six days underwater attempting world record

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BRISTOL, TN -

 If all goes as planned, a Bristol, Tennessee man will spend the next six days underwater, hoping to take back what once was his:  the Guinness Book of World Records title of longest dive.

After months of training, Jerry Hall took the plunge at 12:10 pm today in South Holston Lake. His goal is to spend at least 120 hours and 15 minutes underwater. That would allow him to reclaim the world record currently held by a diver in Florida.

But he doesn't plan to stop there. He hopes to spend another 24 hours below the surface to secure the title before emerging from the murky water Friday, August 2nd around noon.

Hall, an Eastman employee, expects to lose 20 to 25 pounds over the next several days. He's found a way to eat underwater but it'll be just a minimal diet of foods including tomato soup, snickers bars and fruit snacks.

Luckily, he'll have plenty to do. Among other things, he has an underwater television.

"We're going to be able to watch movies," Hall said in front of a crowd of supporters. "Hopefully, we can tune in and watch the race tomorrow too. We've got an underwater speaker. We can listen to music and all kinds of things like that, so we're actually in great shape as far as fighting the boredom and the monotony of it all."

Hall first set the diving record in 2002 and then broke his own record in 2004 in Watauga Lake.

Hall and his team are also using the world record attempt to raise money for Speedway Children's Charities.

"I'd like to thank everybody who has wished us luck and I'd like to thank the people at Children's Charities for teaming up with us," Hall said just before beginning his dive. "I definitely want to thank my team, my family and my friends who have donated their time and professionalism and dedication to this dive. I'm so appreciative of all of this."

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