German professor ends world record swim in Paducah
PADUCAH, KY – A professor from Germany swam down the Tennessee River, ending up in Paducah, all in the name of science. He swam a total of 652 miles.
He started in Knoxville, Tennessee, and swam the last part of his route Tuesday afternoon, where the Tennessee flows into the Ohio River at Paducah. He completed the swim in just 34 days.
As the usual barges made their way across the waters of the Tennessee and Ohio rivers, Andreas Faths set a world record.
Faths’ route consisted of 31 different stages, making stops along the way in Tennessee and Kentucky. Andreas said his team collected water samples along the route to test for pollution.
“I’m very curious about the substances we’ll find in the Tennessee River in comparison to the Rhine. Maybe there are some cultural differences in our daily living.” Faths said.
Shortly after ending his swim, Faths received an award from Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless.
“Hear ye that Dr. Andreas Faths is named a Duke of Paducah,” Harless said. “You can hang this on your wall and be very proud of it.”
Faths reminded everyone of his goal behind the swim, which was to raise awareness around ensuring our water supplies are kept clean.
“Let’s see what we find out and how we can improve water quality. I don’t want to end up in 2050 with more plastics in our ocean than fish.” Faths said.
For more information on Andreas Faths’ journey, click here.