Welsh man fined by US authorities for swimming across Hoover Dam

First man to swim across the Hoover Dam receives fine from US authorities

28-year-old Aaron Hughes swam the top of the dam while he was drunk on a stag do

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A British man who swam drunk across the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam has become the first man to do so and survive.

Aaron Hughes, a forklift driver from Denbighshire in northern Wales, had been on a stag do in Las Vegas when he did the stunt drunk. 

It took him 30 minutes to clear the reservoir which borders Arizona and Nevada, cheered on by his friends, and he was immediately arrested upon getting out of the water. 

The US authorities have fined him a total of $330 (£250) for the stunt. 

The 28-year-old has become the first person to swim across the river at the top of the Hoover Dam and survive.

However, it's thought that if more than one turbine had been switched on, Hughes would have drowned.