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Through this man New Zealand leads the world with another world record, but it is unlikely you know why.

Kiwi freediver William Trubridge has broken his own world record by descending to a depth of 122 metres (400ft) at the Vertical Blue event in the Bahamas.

It’s the 16th world record that Trubridge has broken in his career.

And the 35-year-old’s dive at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas just shades his former record, which stood at 121m.

Trubridge failed at the same record attempt in March, after suffering a bout of illness.

The Dean’s Blue Hole location is known to be the deepest salt water blue hole in the world.

Trubridge, while delighted with the result, revealed that his ascent back to the surface from the deep, dark depths of the North Atlantic Ocean was ‘terrible’ and it left him fearing that he might black out.

“I’m very happy with the result,” Trubridge told deeperblue.com. “But the ascent from that dive was terrible. At the bottom I was fumbling with where to place the tag on my leg, and eventually had to start upwards with my tag in my hand.

“A few seconds into my ascent I knew I could not hold that tag in my hand and so I spent a few more seconds trying to place it securely.

“With my focus off, I was not in the right head space, not in the place I like to be, to complete my dive with ease or confidence, in fact as I neared the surface I thought I might have a big black out at the top.”

Thankfully, Trubridge surfaced safe and sound in the knowledge that he’d pulled off another world record breaking attempt.

The actual stresses and pressures that are on the body at those depths are close to insane. And he needs to get down there just using the resources his own body provides.

And then, you haven’t won, unless you also get back. Alive.

 


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