Thursday, September 17, 2009

Record for longest Saltwater dive broken!

A world record was broken in Belize on Wednesday; it was the record for the longest salt water dive. The old record was 36 hours and Robert Silva, an American citizen from Chicago, who had to spend at least 36.5 hours continuously under water to beat it. The rules were simple, he must spend more than the 36.5 hours under saltwater continuously. In addition – he must have spent at least 20 minutes at a depth of 20 feet. Sounds simple enough and on Monday morning at 10:30, Silva headed out to the Hol chan Marine Reserve on a boat from Ramon’s Village. 48 hours later at 10:30 this morning he remerged shattering the old world record. Silva will submit his proof to the Guinness Book of records and they will make a determination. Robert Silva probably knew what he was doing when he set out to break the record by 12 hours since we know of one person in Australia who planned to spend 40 hours under water in October 11th and the 12th. That of course will fall short of Silva’s record.
Silva accomplished the record setting dive with technical help from friends and the crew at the Ramon’s Village Dive Shop. They monitored him 24 hours a day – someone was always down there with him – watching and timing his countdown – by the minutes, the seconds, and the hours to the record books. But even more important was providing him an uninterrupted supply of oxygen. In forty eight hours he went through fourteen oxygen tanks.
(Excerpts from 7News)

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