A 96-year-old celebrated his birthday on Saturday by breaking his own record as the world’s oldest active scuba diver for the third year running, plunging to the depths of the equivalent of a 15-storey building to explore a shipwreck off Cyprus.
World War Two veteran Ray Woolley, who turned 96 on Aug. 28, plunged to a depth of 42.4 meters for 48 minutes, the event organizers said. He beat his previous record of 40.6 meters for 44 minutes.
“If I can still dive and my buddies are willing to dive with me I hope I can do it again next year,” Woolley told Reuters after the event.
Woolley, who lives in Cyprus, was a radio operator in World War Two. He has successively broken two previous records he held in 2017 and 2018.
The Zenobia, a cargo vessel laden with trucks that sank off Larnaca in 1980, is a popular dive site. Underwater images showed Woolley and other divers sitting on the hull of the submerged ship as fish, and the occasional turtle, swam by. （Reuters）
plunge：動詞，指驟降、暴跌、跳入。例句：Angel Falls plunges 979 metres.（安赫爾瀑布落差為979公尺。）
laden：形容詞，指裝滿的。例句：She always comes back from Japan laden with presents for everyone.
submerge：動詞，指沒入水中、湮沒、湮滅。例句：The actress submerged herself completely in the role.（這名女演員完全投入角色。）