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A man paddled 38 miles down the Missouri River in a hollowed-out pumpkin


(CNN) — A Nebraska man paddled 38 miles down the Missouri River on Saturday in a “boat” made from a hollowed-out pumpkin to celebrate his 60th birthday and hopefully set a Guinness World Record.

Duane Hansen left the public docks in Bellevue, Nebraska, around 7:30 a.m. in the 846-pound pumpkin and arrived in Nebraska City just after 6:30 p.m., according to a post on the City of Bellevue Facebook page.

Hansen had asked Bellevue city officials to serve as witnesses for his record attempt.

“They say if you stay in your job long enough you could see just about anything and this morning was one of those days!” a witness from the city said in the Facebook post.

Guinness World Records said it would review a request and evidence to determine if the pumpkin patch trip was a record.

Courtesy of Phil Davidson

The pumpkin ship had the name SS Berta written on the stern and had a cup holder engraved into the hull.

Hansen’s wife, family and friends were also there to document the trip, the city post said, with some following him in a suitable boat in case the pumpkin ran into trouble.

The previous record for the longest pumpkin boat trip was 25.5 miles (41.038 km), set in 2018, according to the Guinness World Records website.

Guinness World Records spokeswoman Kylie Galloway told CNN the organization has received Hansen’s application for the title and is awaiting evidence to review.

“As part of our application process, we provide the applicant with guidelines specific to this category of documents that must be met to be eligible. These guidelines also detail the evidence that must be submitted. Once received and reviewed, our team records management confirm the success or failure of the record attempt,” Galloway said in an email.

Hansen lives in Syracuse, Nebraska, and “enjoys growing large pumpkins, squash and other vegetables as a hobby,” the city’s Facebook post said.

Top image: Courtesy of Phil Davidson

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