Weather breaks Swiss tightrope walker's record streak

28th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Swiss tightrope walker who had set out to beat seven world records in a week was forced to turn around Sunday half-way over a lake due to bad weather.

Freddy Nock had already set five world records over the past week but had to give up in his attempt to walk a 3.3-kilometre (two-mile) wire over the Thoune lake in central Switzerland.

The wire was lowered to drop Nock, who never uses a safety harness, onto a boat to regain the lake's shores.

The 46-year-old, who is donating the proceeds from his stunts to a charity working for children in Bangladesh, had already ticked off five records.

On August 20, he walked for a kilometre without a beam on a wire strung some 500 feet (150 metres) above the ground in Germany and two days later he inched up a three-kilometre cable car wire in Austria.

His target of seven records in a week had already been missed on Thursday however when weather prevented him from cycling on a cable strung 50 metres above the ground between two cranes in Switerzland.

© 2011 AFP

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