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April 20, 2004

New world record in long-distance diving

Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
While two divers were in the water, the next ones were already ready and waiting.
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
The divers were aboard this pontoon for 34 hours from which they dived in turns through the Mecklenburg lake plateau
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
Thanks to the BAUER MARINER 320 the diving tanks were full and ready to go
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
 
Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
Hundreds of people looked on as the new record breakers climbed out of the water in Plau am See

Report by Meike Carstensen

Andreas Heidenreich, Danny Voigt, Torsten Busch, Rene Marr, Rene Grove and Jörg Grohmann dived 33 kilometres within 32 hours. It is only thanks to their unbelievable enthusiasm that these six even managed this record at all as the entire event seemed to be doomed from start to finish.

The chaos started on Friday morning. Team leader Ralf Baumann received a message from the Guinness Book of Records editorial team that there was already a record in long-distance diving. A diver had dived 66 kilometres within 16 hours in the Channel. In order to beat this record, they would either have to be faster or dive further.

Both of these options seemed to be impossible for the divers from Mecklenburg. After all, none of them are professionals but simply ambitious hobby divers. They very briefly considered diving with scooters but quickly rejected this idea. Instead they decided to go ahead with the event as planned, irrespective of whether they would make the Guinness Book of Records or not.

On Saturday morning at five the pontoon set off, loaded with the six divers, their assistants and the compressor to fill the diving tanks. They were accompanied by several supply boats. The starting point was Waren on the Müritz, proceeding to the 33 kilometres long route through the Eldenburg canal, the Kölpin lake, Fleesen lake, Malchower lake and the Petersdorfer lake into the Plauer lake.

Already after a few kilometres the next catastrophe struck: team leader Ralf Baumann had to stop after his third dive due to cramps in his legs. Danny Voigt took his place. The 22 year old was actually only intended as a replacement and emergency diver, but now decided to take over Baumann‘s role so as not to jeopardise the entire event.

During the day the divers' strengths deteriorated noticeably. Swimming in relays they only had 60 - 90 minutes to rest between dives. In view of the fact that they all met on Saturday at four in the morning, by the evening they were all freezing and exhausted.

Nevertheless, they even managed to catch up some time in the night. "I slept for an hour", reported Jörg Grohmann. "Then I thought I would never be able to get up again, but five minutes later I just couldn't wait to get back in the water."

Wind and tides

Even without their team leader the six divers motivated each other and drove each other on towards Plau. The last hours were particularly tough when a cold wind blew up and it became harder and harder to keep one's direction against the strong tide. Everyone was very worried about the replacement Danny Voigt. Not only was the youngest in the team totally frozen but to top it all he started suffering from sea sickness. He managed his twelfth and final dive with his last drop of energy.

As Danny came out of the water land was already in view. Hundreds of people had gathered on the shore to watch and cheer their heroes home.

Over the microphone host Perry Neudhöfer shouted to the six divers through the microphone: "You have made the Guinness Book of Records!"

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Supported by BAUER KOMPRESSOREN

The six divers were supported by BAUER KOMPRESSOREN with a great deal of breathing air, which was supplied by a MARINER 320 – the most powerful portable compressor world-wide!

Neuer Weltrekord im Langstreckentauchen
BAUER KOMPRESSOREN supported the six divers

 

 

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