Monday 29 December 2014

Cousteau makes waves with world record

Dean Gray

Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30

Fabien Cousteau is pictured on his first dive outside the marine laboratory Aquarius
Fabien Cousteau is pictured swimming outside the marine laboratory Aquarius. Reuters
Fabien Cousteau is pictured on his first dive outside the marine laboratory Aquarius. Reuters

AFTER 31 days undersea, it was a breath of fresh air for Fabien Cousteau, pictured, to return to the surface.

The grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau broke the world record for living the most days underwater – smashing his late grandfather's record of 30 days he completed in the Red Sea 50 years ago.

Fabien Cousteau simply stepped off a boat off the coast of Florida wearing flip-flops and a beach towel wrapped around his waist, saying he was torn about leaving his underwater home, but he missed his family and friends.

The French oceanographer and his team of filmmakers and scientists started decompression yesterday afternoon inside the school-bus-sized Aquarius Reef Base, 19 metres below the ocean's surface.

The crew dove on June 1 to Aquarius to study climate change and pollution on a coral reef.

Jacques Cousteau helped develop the advanced diving techniques used at Aquarius.

Irish Independent

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