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Deepest Scuba Dive: Egyptian Man Sets New World Record

By    |   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 03:49 PM

The world record for the deepest scuba dive was broken Thursday by an Egyptian diver.

Guinness World Records announced Friday that the deepest scuba dive was achieved by Ahmed Gabr, a member of Egypt’s special forces, who dove to a depth of 332.35 meters, or 1,090 feet. The previous record was held by Nuno Gomes, of South Africa, who dove to 318.25 meter, or 1,044 feet, in 2005.

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Guinness judge Talal Omar told The Associated Press that Gabr started his attempt to break the record on Thursday morning and came out of the water just after midnight.

Gabr started diving at 18 years old, but began training to break the world record in 2010.

Gabr’s Facebook page filled with expressions of congratulations as the news of his dive spread; many also had questions about his physical health after the challenging dive and whether he ran into complications.

“You believed in yourself when everybody else did not,” one man wrote. “I lost a dear friend in technical diving last August. I was on the verge of quitting the sport but thanks to you, I will not. People like you who are so dedicated, so passionate are what will keep me diving again. Thank you so much for what you have done for the sport, and what you have achieved for your country. I have never been more proud. Can't wait till I meet you one day in person. Way to go champ.”

Gabr posted short snippets of comments and information about the dive. One said, "Had a baby shark for 6 hours around me, we kept each other busy."

Another comment said, "I ate more baby food under water than my kid when he was a baby."

NBC News pointed out that Gabr’s dive was about the height of New York’s Chrysler building and said footage on the dive would air Friday evening.

"I traveled with nine tanks and decompressed for 14 hours [on the way back up]," Gabr told NBC News.

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The world record for the deepest scuba dive was broken Thursday by an Egyptian diver. Guinness World Records announced Friday that the deepest scuba dive was achieved by Ahmed Gabr, a member of Egypt's special forces, who dove to a depth of 332.35 meters, or 1,090 feet.
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