French free-diving champion dies in accident

11th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, April 11, 2007 (AFP) - French free-diving champion Loic Leferme died Wednesday in a training accident off Nice on the Mediterranean coast.

NICE, France, April 11, 2007 (AFP) - French free-diving champion Loic Leferme died Wednesday in a training accident off Nice on the Mediterranean coast.

Leferme, 36, suffered heart failure when the rope pulling him to the surface at the end of a practice dive snagged, colleagues said.

"The rope got caught on something under the water, I have no idea what," said Cedric Palerm, who was on the accompanying boat.

Another diver immediately went down and found Leferme at a depth of around 20 metres.

"He'd gone beyond the black-out stage. We gave him heart massage, got out the oxygen. Then we raced to the emergency services in Nice. We were there in ten minutes," said Palerm.

Leferme held for several years the record of the "world's deepest man", achieving a depth of 171 metres (564 feet) without breathing apparatus in 2004. In 2005 he was surpassed by the Austrian Herbert Nitsch.

Competitive free-diving -- or apnea -- is an extreme sport in which contestants spend time under water with a single lungful of air.


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