(CNN) — A Nebraska man paddled 58 miles up 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.
Hansen had asked Bellevue city officials to testify for his record attempt.
“They say if you stay in your lane long enough you could see just about anything and this morning was one of those days!” said a city witness in the Facebook post.
Guinness World Records said it will review an application and evidence to determine whether this pumpkin journey was a record setter.
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The pumpkin ship had the name SS Berta written on the back and a cup holder carved into the hull.
Hansen’s wife, family and friends were also there to document the trip, the city post said, and some followed him in a real boat in case the pumpkin got into trouble.
The previous record for longest journey by pumpkin boat was 25.5 miles (41,038 km), set in 2018, according to the Guinness World Records website.
Guinness World Records spokesperson Kylie Galloway told CNN that the organization has received Hansen’s application for the title and is awaiting evidence to review.
“Within our application process, we provide the applicant with guidelines specific to that record category that must be met in order to be eligible. These guidelines also describe the evidence to be submitted. Once received and reviewed, our Records Management Team will then confirm the success or failure of the record attempt,” Galloway said in an email.
Hansen lives in Syracuse, Nebraska, and “has fun growing large pumpkins, gourds, and other vegetables as a hobby,” according to the city’s Facebook post.
Top image: Courtesy of Phil Davidson