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Last updated: June 27, 2018 at 17:59 pm
214 m (702 ft) | Herbert Nitsch (Austria), Spetses, Greece, June 14, 2007 — Nitsch dove to 253.2 m (830.8 ft) in 2012, the deepest any human has ever reached on a breath-hold dive, but he missed a planned one-minute decompression stop after passing out from nitrogen narcosis during ascent. He woke up before reaching the surface and thus completed the dive. After initiating a planned post-dive decompression, he nonetheless incurred severe DCS (type 2) which would eventually result in multiple brain-strokes. He arrived comatose at the hyperbaric chamber with a prognosis of remaining confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Two years later, Nitsch was training and freediving again.
Although Nitsch intended to have the 2012 attempt sanctioned by AIDA, a sponsoring conflict prevented AIDA from officiating the dive.
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