Egyptian Breaks World Records for Deepest Sea Dive

14 hours, 90 tanks, a team of 14 international divers, and an incredible dose of courage: that’s what it took Egyptian diver Ahmer Gabr to break the Guiness World Record in deep sea diving, after going 332.35m under the water yesterday, the 18th.

The event, which took place in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab in South Sinai, was attended by teams of diving specialists and enthusiasts, who awaited his resurfacing from the water at 12:20 am, after having spent almost 14 hours below the surface after his entry at 10:30 the previous morning. “At 6m, we could see a white tip shark playing with him during the deco stop,” said dive instructor Abd El Rahman Elmekkawi.

“This is an extremely risky project, especially considering the jump from the deepest training dive of 220m to 350m. This means covering 130m of unknown physiological and psychological hyperbaric effects,” diving specialist Dr. Anke Fabian said through her Facebook page.

While a team of safety divers awaited for Ahmed at 120m under the water, Gabr, who had been planning his dive for two years with his team at the H2O Divers diving center, made his way down 222m alone.

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Ahmed Gabr 200 metre dive from H2O Divers Dahab on Vimeo.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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