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Friday 22 November 2019

Man attempting to reclaim brother’s diving record ‘caught short’ at first attempt

Sarah Stack

A MAN is hoping to reclaim his brother's world record for the longest ever scuba dive after being caught short during his first attempt.

Paul Devane aims to spend 15 hours underwater in the Atlantic Ocean, and raise thousands for charity, while beating a time set by a Maltese team in February.

In 2009, the 33-year-old was forced to pull out of his first attempt due to a technical malfunction - when a pee valve on his drysuit that let him go to the toilet failed.

His brother Declan Devane stayed underwater for almost 12 hours, setting the first Guinness World Record for the longest cold salt-water scubadive in open sea and raising €35,000 for children's charities in memory of his son.

"I managed to stay down just short of eight and a half hours then, but the P-valve was faulty so I couldn't go to the toilet," said Paul from Galway.

"By that stage I had to come up. There was massive discomfort after about three hours.

"I had no choice."

With the support of his older brother and the Scubadive West Dive Centre, Mr Devane will dive off Killary, Co Galway, on October 9 when he will be exposed to temperatures of less than 15 degrees Celsius.

This time they will collect funds for the children's cancer charity, Hand in Hand, and Clifden RNLI via the website www.worldslongestscubadive.com

"It will be cold, it will be long," he continued.

"There will be no breaks, no meals, no toilet stops.

"I want to make it to 15 hours so it will be a challenge."

Declan held the record of 11hrs and 42mins held the record until February of this year when a Maltese team broke this record, after their second attempt, by less than one hour

Mr Devane said his main aim was to raise money for the charities.

"We hope that our efforts and peoples generosity will give a little back to two charities who do so much with so little," he added.

"But I also want to break the record and reclaim it and bring it back to Irish seas."

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