Romain Vandendorpe stayed for 2h35 in a plexiglass cabin filled with ice cubes up to his neck, beating the previous record by 40 minutes.
Romain Vandendorpe wanted to “go beyond human limits” to call for donations in favor of the Wonder Augustine association.
The French Romain Vandendorpe on Saturday in Wattrelos (northern France) broke the world record for immersion in ice, an action in favor of the fight against pediatric cancers, which AFP attended.
Under the control of referees and in front of about fifty people who came to support him, this 34-year-old health professional remained for 2 hours 35 minutes and 43 seconds in a plexiglass cabin filled with ice cubes up to his neck, beating for 40 minutes the previous record.
Two years of training
Romain Vandendorpe wanted to “go beyond human limits” to call for donations in favor of the Wonder Augustine association. Coming out of the ice, he said he wanted to “send a big message to all children who are currently suffering from cancer: we must keep hope.” He trained for two years at home, in a jacuzzi filled with cold water then in a 500-liter freezer, and finally in the high snow in Chamonix (French Alps), he explained to journalists. .
“Everyone can donate one euro for each minute Romain spent immersed in ice,” explained Steeve de Matos, president of the Wonder Augustine Association, which raises funds for research on brainstem cancer. This association was founded in Wattrelos two years ago following the death of little Augustine at the age of 4.