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Man beats his own record after sitting in tub of ice for over two hours


Josef Koeberl stayed on ice for more than two and a half hours (Picture: Rex/Reuters)

An Austrian man battled a ‘wave of pain’ to beat his own record for the longest full body contact with ice cubes. 

Josef Koeberl stayed in a glass box filled up to his shoulders with ice cubes for 2 hours, 30 minutes and 57 seconds on Saturday. After finishing, he then enjoyed a celebratory ice cream. 

A crowd of people watched on as Mr Koeberl beat his previous best from 2019 by 30 minutes in the town square of Melk in Lower Austria. He plans to overcome his latest record next year in the USA.

More than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of ice cubes were needed to fill up the box, which Mr Koeberl stepped inside while wearing nothing but swim trunks.

In order to fight the ‘wave of pain’ caused by the freezing temperatures, he says he was trying to focus on positive emotions.

Mr Koeberl told reporters: ‘I’m fighting the pain by visualizing and drawing on positive emotions so I can dampen this wave of pain.

‘That way I can endure.’

After being taken out of the ice box by helpers he said that the sun felt ‘really great’ on his back.

Mr Koeberl cools down with ice cubes before he stands in a glass box filled with ice (Picture: Getty Images)
A volunteer opens the cabin and lets out some ice (Picture: EPA)
Mr Koeberl stands in a glass box filled with ice (Picture: Getty Images)
The attempt took place in Melk, Austria (Picture: Rex)
The ice swimmer planks in the Hintertux Glacier, Austria, in August (Picture: EPA)
Workers pour ice cubes into the glass box (Picture: REX)
The Austrian looks pleased with himself as he eats a celebratory ice cream (Picture: Reuters)

Mr Koeberl is planning to beat his own record one more time — in Los Angeles in 2021. 

His team said that Mr Koeberl’s personal record is also the current world record when it comes to exposing the body to ice for as long as possible.

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