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New depth record in cave diving! - video

On Monday, 30 December, a new depth record in cave diving was set. Xavier Méniscus, diving in the French cave Font Estramar, reached a depth of 286.2m and thus, after more than 23 years, beat Nuno Gomes’ feat. The new record only slightly – 3.6m – pushed the limit, but just how great a feat
Published: December 31, 2019 - 09:15
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 19:03
New depth record in cave diving! – video

On Monday, 30 December, a new depth record in cave diving was set. Xavier Méniscus, diving in the French cave Font Estramar, reached a depth of 286.2m and thus, after more than 23 years, beat Nuno Gomes’ feat.

The new record only slightly – 3.6m – pushed the limit, but just how great a feat it is can be seen by the fact that yesterday’s dive and the previous record, held by the legendary Nuno Gomes, are 23 years apart!

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Almost a quarter of a century of diving, technology development, exploration and… searching for a place to break the record. All because when Nuno Gomes set his record in the Boesmansgat cave in 1996, it was the deepest known cave at the time, and he had reached the bottom.

Posted by Xavier Méniscus on Monday, December 30, 2019

The total diving time was 10h 58 min and 48 s. The entry into the water took place at 8.22 a.m. and the ascent at 7.22 p.m. It is worth mentioning that Xavier Méniscus used, among others, the Polish scooter DPV SeV. The entry into the water took place at 8.22 a.m. and the ascent at 7.22 p.m. It is worth mentioning that in his dive Xavier Méniscus used, among others, a Polish DPV Seacraft Ghost 2300Wh scooter together with a Seacraft ENC2 navigation console. The team leading and securing the record dive was made up of Baptiste Benedittini, Henri Benedittini, Catrice Pabanel and Maxime Cabanel.

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This was not Méniscus’ first such deep dive at Font Estramar. He had previously reached a depth of 248 metres in 2013, and in 2015 he managed to reach a depth of 262 metres.

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2019 is closing on a strong note. It has been 12 months full of great achievements and more records. Unfortunately, all attempts to undertake such extreme dives are fraught with enormous risk, as we were also able to clearly see.

Source and Photo: fb.com/xavier.meniscus

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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