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Virginia man sets world record underwater scuba dive


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. – He’s on top of the world from 15 feet underwater — Gate City native Jerry Hall broke the world record for the longest freshwater scuba dive right here in the Tri-Cities Thursday afternoon.

It’s a story we’ve been following since Hall first took the plunge under South Holston Lake on Saturday, but now, after a cheerful countdown and 120 hours and 15 minutes in the water, Jerry Hall has reclaimed a world title.

“I’m so happy right now, I can’t stand it!” Hall said through an underwater microphone system.

For the third time in his life, this avid scuba diver holds the world record for the longest freshwater dive.

On deck, the morale couldn’t be higher; especially from his proud parents. “I’m tickled for the work he’s put in,” said his father, Jerry Hall, Sr.

“I’m so proud of him. I’m proud of Jerry,” his mother, Nancy Hall, said.

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