Herbert Nitsch recovering after achieving world record depth

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Austrian Freediver Herbert Nitsch attempted a 800ft / 244m ‘no limits’ dive today in Santorini, Greece, managing a confirmed target depth and re-ascend up until the planned stop depth of 10m, but then felt unwell and had to be escorted to the surface where he received an oxygen regulator and went down again for a 15 minutes decompression dive. Conscious and communicated, his condition was still critical enough to require an air transfer to a decompression champer in Athens, now showing strong signs of recovery though still in intensive care under close observation. It is doubtful whether this will be accepted as a world record, without a clear and successful surface protocol and no AIDA judges present, but still, -244 meters. Read Deeper Blue here and here.

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