Egyptian man Ahmed Gamal Gabr recently broke the world record for the deepest scuba dive, the Guinness Book of Records reports, after he dove down 1,091 feet (332.35 meters) into the Red Sea.
Gabr is a frogman, member of the special forces, who took only 12 minutes to reach the record-breaking depth but took a cautious 15 hours to return to the surface to minimize the possibility of illness or injury.
South Africa’s Nuno Gomez held the previous scuba diving record of 318.25 meters, which he accomplished in 2013.
Talal Omar, a Guinness Book of Records judge, told AFP by email, “I would like to confirm that the record for the deepest scuba dive (male) in Dahab, Egypt was successful and was achieved by Ahmed Gabr.”
Incredibly, Gabr trained for this moment for four years with specialists and doctors in order to make the adventure as safe as possible for the 41-year-old lieutenant colonel.
Gabr utilized more than 60 different diving tanks and multiple gases simply to keep himself alive on the trek back to the surface.
A team of hyperbaric doctors developed custom-made decompression tables to help Gabr back on his feet upon completion of his record-breaking endeavor.