Organizers and judges at the 2015 AIDA Individual Depth Championships (#aidaworldchampionship) Pre-Competition in Cyprus are looking into how a line was set to the wrong depth and causing the diver – French Freediving hero Guillaume Nery – to dive to -139m/456ft instead of -129m/-423ft that he had announced the night before.
10m/33ft doesn’t sound like much but when diving as deep as a skyscraper into the depths this sort of mistake can be fatal.
Guillaume Nery suffered a Black Out at 15m/49ft as he came to surface from his Constant Weight (CWT) dive – one that would have seen him set a new World Record should he have succeeded.
Nery had this to say to DeeperBlue.com after the dive
“I announced 129m and I got to the bottom of the rope at 139m. I have had a bad squeeze but luckily I made it back. I did black out at around 15m. I remember grabbing the tag, thinking, ‘good, it should be OK’ and then nothing. It was long before I came back around. It was a close call…”
We are waiting on word if he is able to compete in the World Championships starting on Friday.
The Freediving community has taken to Facebook to express outrage and concern at how this sort of error could happen at a World Championship event.