Hughes swam across the Colorado River, and survived because most of the Hoover Dam’s turbines were off at the time.
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Regardless, he could still feel gravity pulling him toward the dam.
“The water was pulling me in towards the dam — it could have actually swept me away,” Hughes told the Daily Post. “Because I went close to the dam first and I could feel it sucking me in, I thought ‘I’ve got to get out of here quick.’”
Police were waiting for Hughes when he made his valiant return to the Arizona shores.
“The police officer shouted to me ‘Oi! Boy! Get your a– up here!’” he recounted to the newspaper.
“I was handcuffed and taken back to their office at the dam,” he said. “They were like ‘nobody has ever done this before.’ So in the end I just got a fine.”
His violation ticket cited Hughes for “jumping, diving, swimming from dams, spillways, or other structures.”
He told the Daily Post the Guinness Book of World Records reached out, but needed a supervisor to see him do it. Hughes added there was no way he’d go back in — only after some considerable thought.
“It almost warranted going back and doing it again,” he said.
Water purification technology developed by an Israeli firm has been chosen for use at the iconic Hoover Dam to prevent an invasive species of mussel from interfering with the dam’s electricity production.
Biofouling is the buildup of plants and animals on wet surfaces such as the hulls of ships and piers.
Atlantium’s technology is designed to prevent fouling at Hoover Dam by the quagga mussel, which threatens to clog the turbine’s water cooling system and thus interfere with the dam’s electricity production.
Over the past decade, the mussel, which is believed to have arrived in the US from Asia, has made its way to Lake Mead, the large reservoir created by Hoover Dam.
Atlantium said its non-chemical UV water purification technology will help prevent biofouling at Hoover Dam by damaging the repair systems of the microorganisms that have accrued in the dam’s piping and thus killing them off, allowing the Hoover Dam to continue to producing electricity without interference.
The company said that 16 of the Hydro-Optic UV systems will be delivered in October and installed by the North Wind Group.
Atlantium is headed by Benjamin Kahn, an Israeli marine biologist who in 2007 was named by Time Magazine as one of its “Heroes of the Environment” for working towards preserving the coral reefs in the Red Sea next to Eilat, and advocating for clean water through his NGO Zalul