- Title: "Let's do it again"- 96-year-old war veteran breaks own scuba diving record
- Date: 31st August 2019
- Summary: LARNACA, CYPRUS (AUGUST 31, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WOOLLEY RESURFACING WOOLLEY MAKING THE 'A-OK' SIGN AS HE CLIMBS BACK ONTO BOAT (AUDIO OF APPLAUSE) WOOLLEY CLIMBING ONTO BOAT WOOLLEY CLIMBING ONTO BOAT, LOOKING AT HIS WATCH AND SAYING: (English) "We did 42.4 meters for 48 minutes, right on the seabed." WOOLLEY HUGGING A DIVING MATE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 96-YEAR-OLD DIVER, RAY WOOLLEY, SAYING: "Oh, just unbelievable... I say I've been diving now for 59 years, and these are the sort of dives you remember, because there's so many divers with you, it's just unbelievable." WOOLLEY POSING WITH OTHER DIVERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) 96-YEAR-OLD DIVER, RAY WOOLLEY, SAYING: "I hope so, if I can stay fit and still dive, and my buddies say they'll dive with me, yes, let's do it again." PEOPLE ON BOAT APPLAUDING WOOLLEY WOOLLEY GETTING OFF BOAT AT HARBOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE AND CERTIFICATE RECOGNIZING HIM AS OLDEST MALE SCUBA DIVER AT THE ZENOBIA SHIPWRECK BIRTHDAY CAKE CERTIFICATE WOOLLEY'S DIVING MATES SIGNING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HIM
- Embargoed: 14th September 2019 16:16
- Keywords: Zenobia Shipreck Cyprus scuba diving world's oldest
- Location: LARNACA, CYPRUS ADN
- City: LARNACA, CYPRUS ADN
- Country: Cyprus
- Topics: Diving,Sport,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA003AUJTX6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A 96-year-old World War Two veteran celebrated his birthday on Saturday (August 31) 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.
Woolley, who turned 96 on August 28, plunged to a depth of 42.4 meters for 48 minutes, beating 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 organized by the Larnaca municipality and the town's tourism board.
Woolley, who lives in Cyprus, was a radio operator in World War Two. Has successively broken two previous records he held in 2017 and 2018. He is originally from Port Sunlight in northwest England.
The Zenobia, a cargo vessel laden with trucks that sank off of 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.
A documentary on his life, "Life Begins at 90", will be shown at the Bosnia-Herzegovina film festival in September.
(Production: Yiannis Kourtoglou, Phoebe Fronista)
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