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South African diver breaks world deep scuba diving record
2005-06-27 07:46:00   Xinhuanet  


CAIRO, June 24, 2005 (Xinhuanet) -- South African technical diver Nuno Gomes broke the world deep scuba diving record as he reached a depth of 318.25 meters in Red Sea of Egypt, said a news release issued on Friday by Egyptian Tourism Ministry.

The run time of the dive was 12 hours and 20 minutes and utilized a team of nine support divers in Dahab, 100 km south of Egyptian Red Sea resort Sharm el Sheikh, said the release.

Gomes reached the record depth in less than 20 minutes but needed 12 hours to resurface after a series of required decompression stops. Gomes also holds the record for the world¡¯s deepest cave dive after descending to 282.6 meters in 1996at Bushman¡¯s Cave in South Africa, the world ¡¯s third deepest freshwater cave.

Dahab is a great diving holiday destination for the experienced diver and for those seeking to obtain their scuba diving certification.

From the narrow continuous reef that hugs Dahab¡¯s shoreline, the underwater terrain rapidly slants downward to the fathomless depth of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Apart from the impressive scenery below water and above, the magnetism of diving in Dahab lies in its uniqueness. Dahab diving is synonymous with shore diving.

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