Freediver holding his breath reaches depth of 72 metres — but record attempt costs him his life
A 32-year-old New York City man who broke the U.S. constant weight record for freediving soon after beginning his competitive career last year died Sunday while participating in a tournament in the Bahamas, police said.
Nicholas Mevoli, who lived in the city’s Brooklyn borough, died around 2 p.m. off the coast of the Bahamas’ Long Island, about 265 kilometres southeast of the capital of Nassau, officials said. His body was flown to Nassau, where an autopsy was expected.
The Switzerland-based Association Internationale pour le Developpement de l’Apnee, or AIDA, a worldwide federation for breath-holding diving, released a statement Sunday saying Mevoli reached the 72-meter depth of the no fins dive, swam back to the surface but had difficulty breathing while completing surface protocol and lost consciousness.
“Nick appears to have suffered from a depth-related injury to his lungs,” the AIDA statement said. (Photo: Lia Hyun-Joo Barrett/The New York Times)