Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Free Diving

"WALTER Steyn has smashed the Australian free-diving record by taking a deep breath and plunging 92m underwater.

In two minutes and 43 seconds, the 36-year-old this week extended his own record to retain the title."

Impressive, except that a lady broke a world record in 2003 for almost over three minutes and 120 meters

"Tanya Streeter spent an incredible three minutes and 38 seconds underwater, with no breathing apparatus or help." (bbc)

It's a safe sport, but it doesn't mean it doesn't have a lurking danger, especially since at this level it is pushing the extremities of human endurance. Here's a poignant account on how a world class free diver died 7 years ago.

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