Croatia’s Valentina Cafolla, 19, set a new CMAS World Record for distance on Sunday 12th March 2017 with a horizontal dive of 125m / 410ft beneath a sheet of ice, up to 70 centimeters thick, on the Lago Di Anterselva Lake in the Italian Alps – beating the previous CMAS world record held by Turkey’s Denya Can.

Cafolla managed to accomplish the dive on the second attempt after aborting her first dive.  The dive was completed in 1min 27sec.

Valentina Cafolla of Croatia is seen during the successful attempt to set a new Apnea distance World record under the ice with a distance of 125 meters at lake Anterselva in Italy on March 12, 2017.
Valentina Cafolla of Croatia is seen during the successful attempt to set a new Apnea distance World record under the ice with a distance of 125 meters at lake Anterselva in Italy on March 12, 2017.

The 19-year old had this to say:

“I didn’t get the perfect breath before the start and started to panic a bit so I had to abort it after 75 meters, I’m really happy that all the intensive preparation paid off, I’m also happy that I’ll be able to dive into warmer water next time.”

 

Valentina Cafolla of Croatia performs during the successful attempt to set a new Apnea distance World record under the ice with a distance of 125 meters at lake Anterselva in Italy on March 12, 2017.
Valentina Cafolla of Croatia performs during the successful attempt to set a new Apnea distance World record under the ice with a distance of 125 meters at lake Anterselva in Italy on March 12, 2017.

Just the day before Cafolla’s record-breaking dive, Frenchman Arthur Guerin-Boeri set a new men’s CMAS world record in freediving under ice at the Sonnanen See in Finland—an astonishing 175 meters (575 feet).

All images were captured by Subal ambassador and world-renowned extreme sports photographer Predrag Vuckovic.

 Subal ambassador and world-renowned extreme sports photographer Predrag Vuckovic
Subal ambassador and world-renowned extreme sports photographer Predrag Vuckovic

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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