Rescuers have found the body of Saudi freediving national champion Bassam Bakheet in the waters off Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Bakheet was training for a freediving competition when he went missing last Thursday, according to press reports.

His body was subsequently found on the sea floor, 81 meters (266 feet) below the surface.

In May 2017, Bakheet set a Saudi national record in the Free Immersion (FIM) discipline at an AIDA freediving competition in Egypt with a 71-meter/233-foot dive.


  1. I knew Bassam as he was my trainer for freediving level 1. Still can’t believe he is gone. Rest in peace, dear one. He had such a charming personality and always a smile on his face. He left this world doing what he loved – a shame that he was alone in those last few moments. God bless.

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