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Edward Norton Saved Leonardo DiCaprio From Drowning While Shooting Documentary

Looks like actor and environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio has fellow actor Edward Norton to thank for saving the former’s life while shooting a documentary a few years back.

In 2010, the two were diving with “Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle and filming a TED documentary in the Galapagos with director/producer/actor Fisher Stevens (who produced the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” as well as “Racing Extinction”).

As Stevens told GQ Magazine recently:

“Leo was on the expedition. I was filming Sylvia and I had this little easy camera to shoot underwater, and he was Sylvia’s diving buddy, so I said, would you film Sylvia? And he said, ‘Yeah I love it man, I love it’. I was diving buddies with Edward Norton. So we go down and we see 300 Eagle Rays and Spotted Rays and it was an amazing dive. Leo bolts away with Sylvia, and Edward goes in front of me and the next thing I know after twenty minutes I’d lost them all. Then, I see Leo buddy breathing, because Leo’s tank was leaking oxygen, and Edward had to save him! It was pretty crazy. But he actually did get some film for me and it was good for a second and then it got pretty shaky when he couldn’t breathe. But we really bonded on that trip.”

Read the rest of the interview at GQ Magazine, which describes how the two met, and Stevens’ and DiCaprio’s latest project, “Before The Flood.”

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.