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Underwater Ironman Jetpack will propel weakest swimmers

  • The Underwater Ironman Jetpack has four engines – one for each limb
  • Two engineers constructed the powerful swimming machine in San Francisco
  • The test run was a success as they zipped around a Berkeley lake at speed 

Two engineers decided to cheat their way to the fastest swim time by strapping propeller engines onto their limbs. 

They constructed the Underwater Ironman Jetpack at home in San Francisco which consisted of four engines – one for each limb – and a battery backpack which strapped to the ‘swimmers’ back.

The men, who are behind Youtube channel Eclectical Engineering, said that they were inspired to create the device for ‘poor swimmers.’ 

They were nicknamed submarine by more amphibious friends because they often sank below the water while trying to stay above it.

 They hoped that their new invention would shatter that cruel, painful memory.

They first tested the engine on the bath at home – and were impressed with its power as it sent water shooting out of the bath in San Francisco. 

Next step was to test it in open water. They took it to a lake in Berkeley, California, where they ‘could jump into the water with a load of electronics on their back’.

And the results of all their hard work looked rather fun as they zipped through the water as if on a tiny submerged jetski.

They then challenged a friend to a swim-off – and unsurprisingly the jet-pack-assisted competitor plunged ahead like a dolphin. 

They constructed the Underwater Ironman Jetpack at home in San Francisco which consisted of four engines – one for each limb – and a battery backpack which strapped to their back

The men, who are behind Youtube channel Eclectical Engineering, said that they were inspired to create the device for 'poor swimmers'

The men, who are behind Youtube channel Eclectical Engineering, said that they were inspired to create the device for ‘poor swimmers’

They took it to a lake in Berkeley, California, where they 'could jump into the water with a load of electronics on their back' without worrying too many onlookers 

They took it to a lake in Berkeley, California, where they ‘could jump into the water with a load of electronics on their back’ without worrying too many onlookers 

Their experiment was a success and they zipped around the lake at speed

Their experiment was a success and they zipped around the lake at speed

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