World Champion Freediver William Trubridge was part of a group in the Maldives — including the island nation’s president — who helped break a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people doing a simultaneous freedive.

A total of 521 people — including Maldives President President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih — broke the record on October 1st near the Baros Maldives Resort.

The event — held on World Tourism Day — was dubbed “Neyvaa,” which means “breath” in the local language. Guinness World Record officials were on site to witness the feat and presented the certificate to the president.

The previous record — 280 people — was set on October 11th, 2009 in Italy.

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Helps Break Guinness World Record
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Helps Break Guinness World Record (Photo credit: Freedive Maldives)

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