A Record-Breaking Dive
Veteran diver Ray Woolley has smashed his own world record for diving at the Zenobia at the age of 96 whilst attracting worldwide media coverage for his amazing feat – as well as for the world's top 5 wreck dive site.
The British World War Two veteran held the previous world record for his impressive dive at the Zenobia wreck last August, staying 40.6 metres underwater for 44-minutes.
He returned to make history this August and bested his record by staying underwater for an incredible 48 minutes and at a 42.4 metres depth, much to delight of the spectators and media present!
Worldwide coverage included some of the biggest media outlets across the globe, including Reuters and Reuters UK, Euronews, Sky News, ITV News, CNBC TV, the New York Times, the Daily Mail, and USA Today – among many more. A documentary has also been made on the inspirational life of Ray and his ongoing passion for diving. Entitled ‘Life Begins at 90’, the documentary by ‘In Focus Films’ is directed by Bejay Browne and won ‘Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature Film’ at the 13th Cyprus International Film Festival in 2018.
Ray called the experience ‘incredible’ and told Reuters that he would love to come back next year and dive again. We congratulate Ray for once again breaking his record, and for choosing to do so at the Zenobia!
The Zenobia, a 165-metre Swedish roll-on-roll-off ferry, was fully loaded with 104 trailers and trucks when she sunk off Larnaka’s fishing harbour in June 1980. She now lies on her portside on a flat bed of sand and rocks, 1.5km from the shore and continues to rank as one of the top 5 wreck dives in the world.