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Professional freediver blacked out 410 feet below the surface; a heroic rescue team saved him

'Blackout rarely occurs, but when it happens, as part of our sport and with the appropriate protocols, as you can see in the video I had no consequences.'

Professional freediver blacked out 410 feet below the surface; a heroic rescue team saved him
Cover Image Source: Instagram/@miguel_apnea

Diving may be a very risky sport, which is presumably why it isn't as popular as land-based sports like football and tennis. When you're attempting to break a world record, as diver Miguel Lozano did when he dove down 410 feet below the surface, it's considerably riskier. He didn't expect a blackout, which is what occurred when he was deep underwater.

In a video that the famous diver shared, the unconscious diver is shown being taken back to the surface by the team of divers at Roatan Freediving School. The video demonstrated how swiftly they were able to get him out of the perilous situation. The medical staff is prepared and waiting to bring him back in fighting shape when he reaches the top.

Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram/ @miguel_apnea

 

The video garnered a lot of attention after the Freediving Vice World Champion decided to post the clip to Instagram three days ago. The diver wanted to share the video to show that blackout, among other risks and accidents in diving, is extremely common. The diver wanted to let people know that with protocols, people can battle these small accidents effectively. "We usually try to hide accidents in Freediving to avoid giving a bad image and bring freediving closer to the general public. Blackout rarely occurs, but when it happens, as part of our sport and with the appropriate protocols, as you can see in the video (as it would happen in other sports like climbing) I had no consequences," he wrote as the caption of the now-viral video.

The diver went on to thank the Roatan Freediving Team. "Thanks to the @roatanfreediving team who put on an impeccable performance and mentally allowed me to face this world record attempt," he wrote, adding a small thank you to his friend as well, "Shout out to my dear friend @sayuri__kinoshita calling me at the end of the video."



 

 

Many viewers' spines tingled with anxiety at the mere prospect of passing out at such a great depth. It also sparked a lot of conversation regarding the procedure, with praise for the crew and the diver's decision to post this. Instagram user @ponzusgarden20 commented, "What amazing teamwork!!! Flawless in everything you did for this rescue! So glad you shared to inform others!" User @cainedelacy commented, "Incredible teamwork and impressive calm and composure of the rescue team too. That was a pretty deep grab and those deep rescuers were probably well into their breath hold too. Then to charge to the surface with extra weight is incredible. Glad you’re ok and amazing to see this play out so well like it was routine!!"

 

A user @alivelikethewind, commented, "Wow! Crazy to watch. Even though I only freedive with safety, I have a mental blockage because of a fear of blacking out underwater. Has this happened to you before and how have you overcome that fear to get in the water again and attempt other records?" User @freediveguy commented, "Wow. That is a formidable performance by the safety team. World-class rescue!"

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