Saudi free diving champion drowns in Red Sea


The body of Bassam Bakheet, a Saudi free diving champion, was found near the spot where he started diving off the Jeddah coast Friday morning.

The body was found 80 meters underwater, following a search operation that lasted more than 24 hours, said Makkah Border Guard media spokesman Lt. Col. Faris Al-Maliki.

The search and rescue teams from the Border Guard said Bakheet was practicing on Thursday to participate in the international free diving championship, to be held in the Obhur creek as part of the activities of the ongoing Jeddah Season festival.

They said the Saudi and GCC free diving record holder went deep into the water but did not come back. He wanted to set a new record by remaining in the water for a longer time.

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