FARGUES, Maurice

France (1913-1947)

Last updated: April 19, 2017 at 16:29 pm

French Navy diver and a member of GERS; saved the lives of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Frédéric Dumas during an exploratory dive of the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, an underground spring; becomes the first diver to die using an Aqua-Lung while attempting a depth record in 1947. Fargues last signaled to the surface after reaching the record depth of 120 metres (390 ft) from an anchor line near the French Navy base at Toulon. He was found on the line at 60 m (200 ft), having drowned due to nitrogen narcosis or oxygen toxicity during his ascent.

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