Lithuania: Arvydas Gaiciunas has claimed a new world record for holding his breath underwater after remaining at the bottom of an amusement park swimming pool for 15 minutes and 58 seconds. His sister Diana stayed down for 11 minutes, 7 seconds.
Both are now in a stable condition in hospital. The record attempt was shown live on Lithuanian television. At this time it is unknown whether Guinness World Records were on hand or whether the record will be recognised.
The previous mark was set by Canadian Robert Foster in 1959. "I know this is very dangerous, but we are trained for extreme stunts and we will have professional divers watching us," Arvydas Gaiciunas said before entering the water.