Diver exploring deadly Blue Hole recorded footage before his tragic death
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***Warning: Some viewers may find this video distressing.***
Harrowing footage has emerged of a diver exploring the infamous Blue Hole in Egypt moments before his tragic death.
The 330-foot marine sinkhole in the Red Sea has widely been claimed to be more dangerous than Mount Everest, with locals saying around 200 divers have lost their lives at Blue Hole.
Meanwhile, a 2014 report from Slate claims 130-or-so people have died there in ‘the last 15 years’. Although, these figures are only estimates.
But of all those tragic cases, one stands out - mainly because the diver was actually filming before his untimely death.
On April 28 2000, Russian-Israeli diving instructor, Yuri Lipski, decided to take on the dangerous Blue Hole, venturing deep into the deadly diving spot. Sadly, he would never surface again.
When his body was eventually recovered, the rescue team found his helmet camera, which had somehow remained intact and captured the whole ordeal.
It's believed Lipski’s death occurred after reaching a depth of 91 meters, with specialists assuming that due to the enormous pressure his body would have been subjected to, he would have suffered from what is known as nitrogen narcosis.
This would have caused Lipski to feel euphoria, confusion, hallucinations, and, finally, a loss of judgment, which would explain why he kept on going deeper and deeper into the Blue Hole.
Having since been re-discovered and uploaded onto YouTube, the clip harrowingly shows Lipski’s final moments, leaving many viewers unsettled.
"That fact this is real footage of a death caught in real time is scary," wrote one viewer.
"That moment when he hits the bottom is both sad and disturbing. The clock alarm, all the dust spreading, the red lensing, the muffled screams of panic. May you be at peace, Yuri," said another.
Meanwhile, a third put: "It's just plain terrifying how, in a span of a mere 7 minutes, he went from diving in shallow waters into being a deadweight in the depths."
The deadly tourist spot was recently the subject of new Netflix documentary The Deepest Breath, which dropped on the platform on 19 July.
Zecchini, from Italy, holds records in the sport, and in March set a new world record for free diving with two fins in constant buoyancy by descending to a depth of 109 meters in the waters of Moalboal, Philippines.
The Deepest Breath has been hailed as ‘one of the best documentaries’ by viewers, while others said they struggled to breathe while watching it.
The Deepest Breath is streaming on Netflix now.