Egyptian frogman Ahmed Gamal Gabr has broken the world record for the deepest scuba dive with a plunge into the Red Sea, Guinness World Records said on Friday.
Judge Talal Omar confirmed the record Friday by Ahmed Gamal Gabr at a depth of 332.35 meters (1,090 feet) in the diving resort of Dahab. Omar said the record attempt started Thursday morning, and that Gabr was emerged from the water just after midnight Friday.
The previous record, achieved in June 2005 by South African Nuno Gomez, stood at 318.25 meters (1,044 feet).
Gabr is a member of Egypt’s special forces. He started his diving career at the age of 18 and was granted a scholarship to the United States Army Combat Diver course. The 38-year-old diver started training for the world record in 2010.