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“The Most Dangerous Dive Site in the World” Claims Free Diver

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The Blue Hole at Dahab, along the Red Sea coast of Egypt's Sinai, is probably a collapsed cave like the Blue Holes of the Bahamas or Belize. It attracts divers from all over Europe because it is very deep with calm water protected from the open sea.

Daring divers descend to the top of an arch at 185 ft. (56m) then swim through the 87 ft. (26m) long tunnel so formed from which one can see the blue water of the open ocean. However, at least 40 scuba divers have lost their lives there since 1980, many losing track of their depth, failing to keep close to the top of the arch, and suffering nitrogen narcosis. It is often called "the most dangerous dive site in the world," yet apart from the depth, there is nothing to make it so. ...

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