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Free Diver Smashes World Record for Underwater Cave Dive

Postby Keri Tom » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:19 pm

This is absolutely incredible - imagine the patience and practice that allows him to accomplish this "breathtaking" feat...

A free diver set a new world record yesterday by swimming for 150 metres (492ft) through a cave system without using any breathing apparatus.

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Carlos Coste, 34, had to cover 75 metres for a new record, but the Venezuelan swam double that in two minutes and 30 seconds.

The risky feat was achieved, using only a large flipper and a torch, in Yucatan, Mexico.

"I have been doing competitive diving for 10 years and this is by far the most bizarre run I have ever made," he said.

"To achieve this is a dream come true for me. I have been interested in speleology (the study of caves) since I was a little boy and to combine this with my profession as a freediver was amazing."

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Mr Coste can hold his breath for seven minutes but he completed his record-breaking run in just two minutes and 30 seconds after three years of planning.

Once under the water, he swam at a depth of seven metres.

"I was not scared about it. We have planned this for a long time and I was fully prepared for what I had to do," he said.

Mr Coste also became the first person to descend to more than 100 metres just by pulling on a rope in October 2003.

You can see video of his incredible dive here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/others ... ecord.html
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