A Danish man just set a new diving record for diving across a cold water strait separating Denmark and Germany.
At the age of 67, Wolfgang Kulow just set a new world diving record by diving across the Fehmarn Belt from Denmark to Germany with a SEABOB. The underwater record attempt was successfully completed on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
At a diving depth of no greater than 10 meters, Wolfgang Kulow traversed 12.5 miles from the Danish island of Lolland to the German island Fehmarn. By doing so in only four hours and nine minutes, Kulow set the world record for the “fastest underwater crossing of the Fehmarn Belt”.
Kulow was equipped with a scuba tank and a SEABOB F5 S. An escort team took care of exchanging equipment during the dive so the 67-year-old extreme athlete did not need to leave the water. Throughout the attempt, a safety boat and professional diver was also available to assist if needed. Kulov’s scuba tank and SEABOB needed to be replaced periodically well.
“Setting such a demanding world record begins with an idea. To accomplish it, you need a highly motivated team. I would like to thank everyone who supported me in this challenge”, said the extreme athlete, right after setting the world record on September 27, 2016.
Olaf Kuchenbecker, from the Records Institute of Germany (RID) confirmed the world record on location and he was thrilled: “This kind of world record has never been attempted before: I congratulate Wolfgang Kulow and the entire SEABOB team on their success.”
Ronny Roskosch, a diving expert at SEABOB, added: “Achieving this kind of record depends on numerous external factors. The Baltic Sea with its constantly changing conditions, the low water temperature of about 15° C (60° F), and low visibility of less than 5 meters (16 ft) created multiple challenges.”