Yakut Paradiver dives to a depth of 42 meters in the Black Sea
Grigory Galeev, a paradiver from Mirny, dived to a depth of 42 meters to a ship, sunk in the Black Sea during the war. According to the wheelchair athlete, this is the record depth to which he has ever descended, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports.
“Until the age of 16, I lived in Mirny, there I started diving. In winter, we trained in the pool, practiced scuba diving technical skills. In summer we went to the Vilyui reservoir, Lake Baikal and the Black Sea,” told the athlete.
Later, Gregory moved to Kirov, where, working as an industrial climber, he fell and was seriously injured in 2013, which resulted in his move to a wheelchair.
“For the first time, I became self-absorbed, depressed. Then I found motivation in myself and wanted to live a full life, as much as it is possible in a wheelchair. My parents and relatives supported me a lot. Now I don’t see any restrictions for myself,” said Gregory.
In 2018 he learned about the “Diving Without Borders” project that took place at Cape Tarkhankut in Crimea. He applied for participation, passed the competition and confirmed his previously received diver certificate.
“The record depth I sank was 42 meters to the snout of ship “Fourth”, that sank in the Black Sea. I plan to dive 53 meters, as well as pass training for a diving instructor,” said the athlete.