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    Into the Deep: Marine Breaks National Freediving Record with 73-Meter Plunge into Mexico Sinkhole

    Into the Deep: Marine Breaks National Freediving Record with 73-Meter Plunge into Mexico Sinkhole

    Moments before setting a national freediving record in April, Lt. Col. Laurence Paik checked to make sure his nose clip was fastened, his flashlight was beaming, and his lanyard — attached to a line plunging deep into the Mexican cenote, or freshwater sinkhole — was secured.

    The check was akin to the rigid pre-flight procedures Paik had learned as a Harrier pilot in the Marine Corps. Now, it is part of a critical routine he uses to prepare for diving into some of the most extreme depths the human body can endure.

    Paik competed under the International Association for Development of Apnea, or AIDA — a French-born organization that has judged freediving records since its founding in 1992. When he arrived at the Xibalba Freediving competition in , his intent was to beat the “constant weight, no fins,” or CNF, record of 72 meters.

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    That category of freediving is considered the most challenging because it requires the swimmer to dive without the assistance of fins — just pure swimming and one allotted hold at the bottom of a safety rope that marks the transition between descent and ascent.

    Paik, who is assigned as a reserve intelligence and foreign area officer with the Marine Innovation Unit, beat that record on April 20, according to the AIDA, by diving 73 meters into the sinkhole and carefully breaststroking back to the top.

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