Divers claim world record for longest scuba dive

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Posted by on August 23, 2006 at 14:44:33:

Two divers from Cyprus spent a total of 24 hours underwater to raise money for charity, claiming the record for the world's longest scuba dive. Mark Brimble and Jan Burt from the Aloha Dive Centre in Limassol completed the dive on Saturday 19 August after remaining submerged for 24 hours without any surface breaks.

'Normally when you do a dive of this length, you're allowed to surface for five minutes every hour,' Brimble told the Cyprus Mail. 'As far as we know, it's a world record.'

The two divers used regular scuba diving gear rather than opting for the full-face masks or surface air supply used in previous record attempts.

They raised more than 1,000 for The Syncope Trust and Reflex Anoxic Seizures (STARS) charity, which provides support to suffers of syncopes and reflex anoxic seizures. During these seizures oxygenated blood cannot reach the brain, often causing suffers to convulse.

Guinness Book of World Records officials have requested dive logs and witness statements from the 24-hour dive.

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