A freediver blacked out due to low oxygen pressure while attempting to break the world record for the deepest dive.
Miguel Lozano is a professional freediving and freediving entrepreneur from Barcelona, Spain.
The 43-year-old woman has tried diving twice before – once in the Bahamas and once in Bali, Indonesia.
The target depth was 125 meters – and in the past Lozano has reached 122 and 123 meters.
Still, Lozano realized he was lucky to be alive after this particular attempt in May 2018 in Roatan, Honduras.
“Once I woke up on the platform with an oxygen mask on my face and the entire rescue team above me, the first time I felt depressed was knowing that I didn’t set the record. [I had] a feeling of relief that I escaped with my life,” he said.
Lozano can be seen in the video loss of consciousness.
The on-site freediving team was able to act immediately – pulling him to the surface, giving him oxygen and getting him back.
Lozano said his wife was pregnant at the time.
Despite the time difference, he and his daughter were asleep and didn’t know what had happened to her until they woke up the next morning.
“By the time they woke up, I was recovering and having tests,” he said.
“I think it would have been more difficult to try to set the record if they were there because it would add more pressure and stress,” he said.
According to Lozano, when such dives go wrong, the public often tends to judge divers as adrenaline junkies.
“We’re not adrenaline junkies — quite the opposite, actually,” he said.
“It’s a very therapeutic sport, very mental and very calm.”
Lozano said he only remembers the dive on the way down — the fourth time he’s blacked out in his diving career.
The freediver is looking forward to training again – and perhaps setting another world record.
“I’m looking forward to competing again and training myself, and then we’ll think about getting the world record again,” he said.