Aaron Hughes just became the first person to swim over the Hoover Dam, escaping death just because he was really freaking lucky.
The Hoover Dam is a concrete dam in the Colorado River that has 10 turbines and regulates water from two different states, Nevada and Arizona. During the last decade there have been over 279 deaths on the dam, accidental, or from people who don’t know what a dam is. Point is, anyone with a semblance of common sense would know that to jump in equals death (because the dam would suck you into the turbines).
Not Hughes, who claimed that it was really damn hot and thought that it was smart to jump into the dam’s water. Originally from North Wales, Hughes was vacationing in America when he decided to break some records and become the first person to swim over one of the world’s largest dams.
I would say I was swimming about 50 to 100 meters from the wall of the dam and at one point I felt myself getting sucked towards it and had to swim away quite hard. When I got to the other side I was exhausted and had to sit down on the rocks. That was when I heard the police shouting ‘Oi, come here lad.’
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Said Hughes, who’s apparently a very good swimmer and has also pretty good timing considering that the only reason he survived is because 9 out of the 10 turbines in the dam where turned off. Police men arrested him and charged him with a fine when he made it out of the water, referring to him as “the luckiest man alive”. Dumbest might be more accurate.