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Presumption and Error. In an item entitled 'Most Dangerous Inland America Dive Sites?' we were misled by contemporary news reports into presuming Shane Thompson, the diver who lost his life, might not have been using a cave line. This is not true. The team partner was actually able to reach Mr. Thompson but it was too late for rescue. We are sorry for any distress this incorrect information might have caused.

A Breathtaking Achievement. New Zealand free-diver, William Trubridge, has done it again -- twice! On Saturday, April 30, during the Vertical Blue competition at Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas, he plunged on a single breath to 400 feet deep, a new world record in the free-immersion category. Breath-hold divers pull themselves down a weighted line without the aid of fins to clip off a marker tag at the greatest depth they achieve. Observers were said to be 'awe-struck' by his display of human endurance. But that wasn't good enough for him! The following Monday, he extended that record depth by achieving a depth of 407 feet while holding his breath for 4 minutes and 34 seconds. American free-diver, Nicholas Mevoli, died during a record attempt at the Vertical Blue competition in 2013....


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