Man fails to beat solo grave-digging record after hitting concrete

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CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man's attempt to set a world record for fastest solo grave-digging attempt fell about 3 feet short.

Jose Rivera, who digs holes for a living for a utility company, had to stop his attempt after hitting concrete and shale.

"I could have still done it by hand but it would've taken me anywhere from 10 to 12 hours to finish," Rivera said. "But the cameras we were using to record this for the Guinness World Record people would have stopped after four hours and the rules say the cameras have to keep rolling no matter what."

Rivera had to dig a hole that was 8 feet long, 6 feet deep and 3 feet wide.

He also had to have a professional gravedigger on hand to verify that the hole met those dimensions.

Rivera was doing this to raise money and awareness for the outreach ministry called Water for Life. The charity goes to developing nations and helps them obtain clean, safe water from underground wells.

He says he hopes to try this again in the fall and he's determined to set this record and be the first person to do so.

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