After descending to 1,090 feet, Ahmed Gabr became the new world-record holder for deepest salt-water scuba dive. The special-forces officer for the Egyptian army took the plunge in the Red Sea on Sept. 18, where he surpassed the previously held record by about 46 feet, according to the Guinness World Records.
A dive instructor for the past 17 years, Gabr says he had been in training for about four years before successfully completing the dive. However, his descent didn't take very long at all. Reaching the record depth, which is approximately the height of the Chrysler building, only took him about 12 minutes. (We presume he was using a weighted sled to get down so quickly.)
Due to the requirements of decompression and the need to expel nitrogen, the ascent to the surface required a staggering 14 hours.
Gabr told Guinness World Records that he hoped to prove that humans have the ability to survive the extreme conditions of deep-sea immersion. Scuba Diving magazine salutes this record-breaking achievement as a testament to proper dive training and safety, and congratulates him on this historic achievement.