- A South African man is intent on breaking his own record for 'pole sitting'
- He has aimed at staying in a barrel for over 54 days
- He sleeps in a foetal position and washes twice a week using a small basin
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Vernon Kruger has been living in a barrel for over 2 months in an attempt to break his own 54-day record. He set the Guinness World record for 'pole sitting' in 1997.
The diver has said that he is prepared to stay in the barrel longer than he needs to, currently he is at 67 days.
"Sleeping in this barrel is not very easy," said Kruger, who usually works as a diver.
"It's a very small place to curl up in and I have to lie in a foetal position."
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He washes himself twice a week using a small basin in the barrel and lives off food that is lifted up to him in a wicker basket.
Kruger got the idea while climbing a palm tree on a holiday.
"Somebody said... why don't you break the record for sitting in a tree? First it was a joke and then I got it dare from my friends to actually do it," said Kruger.
Kruger discovered that a record did exist for 'tree sitting' by an Indonesian who sat in a tree for 28 days. Kruger decided to give it a go after initially ditching the idea, his friend changed his mind by suggesting 'pole sitting'.
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"The record was 54 days then," said Kruger, who decided to take on the challenge and sat "on pole" for 64 days.
"It does get a bit frustrating up here especially because I can't do many things for myself," he admitted. "I need to rely on other people for absolutely everything."
His team is concerned about Vernon, he broke his record but is determined to stay longer, currently, he is at 67 days.
"Vernon is not coming down when he breaks his record," said organiser Fiona Jones. "He's going to stay a little longer."
"We're concerned," she added. "Because we've got to get him down."
Some people have poked fun at his record attempt.
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