New deep wreck diving world record accomplished

On May 29th, 2005, A nine-man technical diver team set a new deep wreck diving world record of 633 feet near Ormoc, The Phillipines.

It has been reported that lead diver Rob Lalumiere made his deep descent to the deck of the USS Cooper at 8:22am, seven minutes after starting his descent. Lalumiere then placed a memorial plaque on the shipwreck to honor the 191 officers and crew who went down with the ship when it was torpedoed by the Japanese during the Battle of Ormoc Bay on December 3, 1944.

In early 2004, nearly 60 years after the USS Cooper sank during World War II, Lalumiere found the wreck at a depth of 720 feet and went to work right away in planning the world-record dive which would honor the 191 officers and crew who went down with the ship.