Diver sets new world record in Groveland

Posted: 09/23/2011 in all marine news

Heather Sorentrue – 

A Lake County diver set a new world record Friday for spending more than five days underwater.

People gathered around Groveland’s Lake David to rally around diver Allen Sherrod, 47, as he stepped foot back on land.

Around 9 a.m. Sherrod broke the world record for the longest freshwater dive by just about 15 minutes.

“This was like amazing. He’s tried this two times before. This whole week we knew he could pull it off,” said Nicole Plussa, 17, who attempted the women’s world record but had to resurface after about 13 hours.

Sherrod walked out of Lake David with a bottle of champagne and his sense of humor still intact.

Sherrod started his dive Sunday at 8:46 a.m., 10 years to the minute since the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

He emerged five days, 14 minutes and 32 seconds later.

Sherrod dedicated this third attempt to helping veterans pursue diving by raising money for Wounded Warriors.

“I feel good. I’m glad I did it,” Sherrod said. “I’m the only one that’s made 3 dives in 13 months that total almost 300 hours at one time in three dives. So that’s an accomplishment on its own.

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