LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A blind British grandmother landed a 214-pound freshwater catfish while vacationing with her family in Spain, her relatives said.
Sheila Penfold, 56, of London, said her husband, Alan, and son, Arthur, guided her as she struggled with the huge catfish, believed to be the largest ever freshwater fish landed by a British woman, for 30 minutes before yanking it from the River Ebro, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
Penfold said she had to examine the fish up close to really appreciate its size," she said. "I was exhausted but elated afterwards. The record has taken a while to sink in."
"I'm still walking around with a smile on my face. But it goes to show that just because you are blind it doesn't stop you breaking records like this," Penfold said.
Alan Penfold said he and his son needed the help of two other men to hoist the fish onto a scale.
"She isn't really a big woman but she stuck to it and got it in the end, although it took everything out of her," the proud husband said of his wife. "She did brilliantly, especially as she is registered blind."