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South African aims to break own world record

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<p>It’s a world record that arguably nobody knows. But South African Vernon Kruger is ready to beat it, by spending more than two months perched in a barrel hoisted 25 metres above the ground.</p> <p>The 52-year-old professional scuba diver is trying to break his own record for the longest human stay perched in a barrel. </p> <p>In 1997, Kruger spent 67 days and 14 minutes on a barrel. 22 years later, Guinness asked him to beat his own record, which is still unbeaten.</p> <p>“Sleeping in this barrel is not very easy, I’ve had a lot of cramps and back pain since I’ve been here. It’s a very small place to curl up and I have to lie down in the fetal position. I wash myself, I have a little tub that I can fit in here, and then I wash myself, say, twice a week I go and take a bath”, Kruger said.</p> <p>So on November 14, Vernon Kruger was hoisted unto a 500-liter wine barrel on top of a 25-meter mast for a stay that he knew from experience was very challenging.</p> <p>“It’s getting a bit frustrating here, especially because I can’t do a lot of things on my own, I have to rely on the ground team. I need to rely on others for absolutely everything”, the Guinness World Record hopeful said. </p> <p>His ordeal is almost over. By Monday, he’ll have broken his own record. But he has not said what day he’s coming off the pole as yet.</p> <p>“Vernon won’t go down when he breaks his record, which is Monday. He won’t go down, he’ll stay a little longer. We haven’t been given a date, which worries us because we have to get him off”, co-organizer, Fiona Jones said.</p> <p>Kruger is planning to extend his ordeal by a few more days to support <span class="caps">NGO</span>’s for children relief and epilepsy, for which he raises funds.</p> <p>Plus, to keep his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>

I have to rely on the ground team. I need to rely on others for absolutely everything.

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