World Record Diving Malta’s lead diver Sean McGahern set a new world record for the Longest Warm Water Scuba Dive by spending 49 hours and 56 minutes underwater last weekend, in aid of local charity Inspire.
Sean was accompanied and assisted by the World Record Diving Malta team and the St. John’s Rescue Corps who both performed outstandingly throughout the entire event.
Despite suddenly being hit by strong winds, currents, surge and one metre waves only five hours into the dive, Sean and the team were not at all downhearted and accepted this as an even bigger challenge, working strongly together to get safety divers in and out of the water safely.
Perhaps hard to believe, Sean did in fact eat, drink and sleep during his time underwater. Moreover, he also spent most of his time keeping busy by clearing the seabed of any debris he could find, which was collected and brought up to the surface by the dive team. Sean was also surprised by the number of visitors who turned up to surprise him on the seabed including his sponsors, his DiveMaster instructor and renowned sidemount instructor Garry Dallas.
As the sun rose on Saturday morning in St.George’s Bay, so did the new world record holder, exhausted but ecstatic. Sean joked and smiled as he was assisted by the dive team and St John’s rescue corps out of the water and accompanied to hospital for routine checks, following which Sean spent the day celebrating!
Sean would like to say a massive thank you to all those involved in the event for helping him accomplish his goal and would like to encourage everyone to contribute by donating to Inspire( www.inspire.org.mt )