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06/20/2007 04:24 PM ID: 63147 Permalink   

New Record for Holding Breath Underwater Claimed: 15 Mins 58 Secs


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.

    WebReporter: ixuzus Show Calling Card      
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and training, and understanding of the human brain lead me to think, even with hyperventilation, a state of hypothermia, and rediculous amounts of training, a miracle would be neccessary to survive 16 minute without air. After one minute there is a severe shortage of air in an untrained human body. Your brain is being damaged. Also, apparently someone held their breath for 12 minutes, but hey had 100% pure oxygen.
It sounds like the words of a snake oil salesman or a magician who made it seem like they "really pulled it off". For example ( I'm just saying, I need a video or something, but even then, it just shows that he's a good magician.

/As it turns out, the original article says they are "illusionists". Didn't know that when I started, but confirms my suspicions.
  by: seniorgato     06/20/2007 04:54 PM     
Yeah, sorry about that. I meant to jam the fact that they are illusionists in there somewhere but ran out of room. I did imply there was some doubt over it by saying claimed in the title. I'm unsure if this is possible. I have heard first-hand reports of people in the pacific islands staying down for 10 minutes and this pair was using pure oxygen before they went under. They were using chains so they would be keeping energy use to an absolute minimum... theoretically possible but the jury is still out on this one.
  by: ixuzus     06/20/2007 05:13 PM     
i thought after 3 minutes brqain damage started setting in... personally i have no training in said area but i can hold my breathe for 90 seconds maybe more now that i'm in better shape.

i gave up swimming a few year back as there is local no good place to swim what with lake ontario being heavily polluted and lake eerie being pretty much of the same... as for rec centers i used to swim there, but that was really only for practicing diving, but at 6'2" i tend to plunge right to the bottom, one time i smack my head on the bottom of the pool, its only 12 feet deep which really isn't deep enough to deaccelerate my dives, although off a diive i can swin clear into the shallow end which couldn't be less than 30 feet maybe as much as 50 feet.

what is the record for diving normally?, just on a breath of air.
  by: havoc666     06/20/2007 06:17 PM     
This is apparently from the 1978 Guiness Book of Records. I make no claim as to it's authenticity but this is what I found. A lot of records like this have been removed because of the risks involved.

"The world record for voluntarily staying underwater is 13 min 42.5 sec by Robert Foster, aged 32, an electronics technician of Richmond, California, who stayed under 10 ft 3.05m of watrer in the swimming pool of the Bermuda Palms Motel at San Rafeal, California, USA, on 15 March 1959. He hyperventilated with oxygen for 30 min before his descent. The longest unprepared record is 6 min 29.8 sec by Georges Pouliquin in Paris on 3 Nov. 1912. It must be stressed that record-breaking of this kind is extremely dangerous."
  by: ixuzus     06/20/2007 06:31 PM     
Breath Hold Diving (Free Diving) Records can be found here:

The Lithuanians' feats fall under Wet Static Apnea.
  by: Zpravodajec     06/20/2007 07:40 PM     
  Doubt it...  
The average person can hold their breath for about three to four minutes max, then you add on another 4 minutes for the brain to start dying, by the time 15 minutes rolled around they'd either be dead or mentally retarded.
  by: elderban99     06/20/2007 07:40 PM     
Yeah, I think your right. Some people can naturally last 3 minutes without serious problem, but for people like me, nah, 1 minute and I'm struggling.
  by: seniorgato     06/20/2007 10:37 PM     
being farther down underwater help, with the extra pressure on the lungs?
  by: caution2     06/21/2007 12:06 AM     
  my record is just over 50 seconds!  
if i can hold my breath that long i don't think i would ever need oxygen tanks...diving would be a whole new experience!
  by: DarkAngelJG     06/21/2007 02:09 AM     
i meant just over a minute!
  by: DarkAngelJG     06/21/2007 02:10 AM     
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