Wednesday, 08 Apr, 2009 Offbeat

Man Dives 92 Meters Underwater in 2 Minutes 43 Seconds


A free-diving record has been set up by an Australian, who took a deep breath and went 92 meters down underwater.

It took 2 minutes and 43 seconds for the 36-year-old Walter Steyn to set the record, beating a previous record of 77 meters set by himself.

"I've always known I could dive deeper but in the past I've had equalization problems that have often made me turn too soon," he said.

The new Australian record took place during Vertical Blue 2009 at Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas. According to Steyn, the dive went much easier than he expected. "I got the tag from the bottom plate," said the diver.

The record-breaking event was filmed right on the spot by BlueEyeFX, which is an under water film production company that looks forward to document the free-diving competition.

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