Turkish freediver Sahika Ercumen, who last year broke the CMAS women’s Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) world record in freshwater freediving, made history last month to be the first Turkish woman to freedive Antarctica.

Ercumen made two dives — one off King George Island in early February and another later that month off Horseshoe Island.

Horseshoe Island is the area where Turkey established its first Antarctic research base.

Following her second dive, Ercumen spoke with the Anadolu Agency (AA) about helping build the research base:

“We worked with different tools and after a lot of hard work, we built the base. My trainer and I decided to mark the event by diving off Horseshoe Island for the first time.”

(Photo Credit: Ozge Elif Kizil – Anadolu Agency)

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