Man Rows A Giant Pumpkin Boat Down A River To Attempt World Record
A Yorkshire man claims to have broken a world record by paddling a 619kg pumpkin down a river.
Tom Pearcy, a farmer from York Maze in the United Kingdom, set about the history-making task in a bit of Halloween spirit, even wearing a spooky jacket to give the impression of a carved pumpkin.
The pumpkin was lifted into the River Ouse via a crane at Ouse Bridge, and paddled by Pearcy about 400 metres down the river to Skeldergate Bridge.
Rescue boats were on the scene at all times, but luckily did not have to be called in.
"How do you feel?" asked a reporter, as Pearcy struggled to climb out of the carved pumpkin.
"Slimy. Very slimy," he replied.
York Maze has applied to the Guinness World Records to have this "new world record recognised", a spokesperson said.
"According to our research, the 619kg (1,364 lb) pumpkin to be turned into a boat by York Maze is heavier than any other pumpkin boats that have been reported in the media."
An annual pumpkin race in Germany insists its competitors' 'boats' weigh at least 250kg to minimise the risk of capsizing, reports Reuters.
"It's quite exciting," said Pearcy of his short voyage.
"Never in all my days did I think I'd be claiming a world record for floating a giant pumpkin down the River Ouse."
The pumpkin will be on display at York Maze until Sunday 4 November.
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