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Scuba Diver Stays Underwater For Six Days In World Record Attempt

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Scuba Diver Stays Underwater For Six Days In World Record Attempt

A scuba diver in Egypt has stayed underwater for six days in a bid to set a new world record. Watch footage from his history-making bid here:

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Saddam Al-Kilany submerged himself in the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab on 5 November and reportedly stayed under there for 145 hours and 30 minutes.

In doing so, the 29-year-old surpassed his own 2017 personal best of 121 hours as well as the current world record of 142 hours and 47 minutes, which was set by Cem Karabay in Cyprus in 2016.

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As such, it would seem he has set a new benchmark in the world of staying underwater for ages; however, the new record hasn't been formally confirmed by the gang at Guinness World Records yet.

Saddam had originally planned on staying down there for 150 hours, but he was withdrawn four-and-a-half hours early due to health concerns.

Pathetic, really.

Just messing - solid effort Saddam. No doubt your hands would be wrinklier than a rhino's scrotum if it weren't for the fact you quite sensibly wore gloves.

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Saddam is awaiting confirmation that he is the new world record holder. Credit: Facebook/The Longest Dive in History
Saddam is awaiting confirmation that he is the new world record holder. Credit: Facebook/The Longest Dive in History

Earlier this year, Maya Gabeira set a water-based world record by becoming the first woman to surf the biggest wave of the season.

The 73.5 foot (22.4 metres) wave broke her own record for the largest wave surfed by a woman, and was subsequently confirmed as the biggest wave surfed during the 2019/2020 winter season.

You can watch her ride the behemoth here:

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The wave broke the 33-year-old's previous record by five and a half feet, and is not far short of the men's record, which was set by fellow Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa, who rode an 80 foot (24.38 metres) wave in 2018.

Maya rode the wave on 11 February 2020 at the inaugural World Surf League Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge event in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal.

Reflecting on the historic wave, Maya told The New York Times: "I was in the zone. More brave than I am usually. I got really close to disaster.

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"I had never been so close to such a powerful explosion. I had never felt that energy and that noise. It felt really terrifying."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/The Longest Dive in History

Topics: World News, Awesome, Interesting, World Record

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