For anyone that has missed my numerous updates and posts via Facebook in recent days; we have a new world record for the deepest open circuit scuba dive.
On Friday 19 September 2014 Ahmed Gabr broke the previous record of 318.25 metres set by Nunu Gomes in Dahab in 2005. Ahmed Gabr has brought the record home diving to an amazing 332.35 metres, the dive took 13 hours and 50 minutes and Ahmed breathed 92 tanks of various mixed gasses during this epic achievement. Starting at 10.30am on Thursday and completing his dive at 12.30am on Friday 19 September. Ahmed and his support divers were joined in the shallow waters by a baby reef shark who stayed with the divers for six hours during the gruelling decompression schedule.
Ahmed thanked his amazing team of medics and support divers who helped him in realising his dream and becoming the new Guinness world record holder. Ahmed has also expressed gratitude to all his fans for their continued support and thanked his critics for giving him the determination to succeed. Ahmed and his support team were greeted at the jetty in the early hours of the morning by fireworks and well wishers who had gathered to welcome the returning hero. Ahmed surprised everyone by walking unaided immediately after surfacing, despite the gruelling dive he was able to celebrate with his young son who he embraced as soon as stepping foot on dry land.
There are some excellent articles appearing in local and international press and no doubt in coming days we will get to see and hear more from the whole #worldrecord350 team.