As February was coming to an end, the team saw a window of great weather and therefore it was agreed that the event would take place on Saturday 3rdof March. It was decided that it would be best to enter the water at night in order to be thrown in at the deep end and get the hardest part over with first. Therefore, Sean entered the bone-chilling water at Starfish Diving School, St George's Bay, on March 3 at 11.45 p.m and the challenge began.We could not have chosen a better day to start as the sea was like a glass window and there was not a cloud in the sky. Straight down to 11 metres accompanied by lead safety divers Ian Warwick and James Norris, the first thing that came into view was the sponsorship banners floating 1 metre above the sea bed. The team did an excellent job at setting these up during training dives that same morning. The first safety stop was done at 10 metres for a total of 10 minutes. Sean was joined by his two lead safety divers once again, as it was planned for Ian Warwick and James Norris to be with him both on entry and exit. At 6 metres they did a safety stop of another 10 minutes followed by a further 14 minutes at 3 metres.Sean was then free to leave the water and join his team and fiancé at the surface once again. He emerged out of the 14°C water 12 hours and 34 minutes later, breaking the world record that stood at 11 hours and 46 minutes.The feeling of breaking the record was over whelming, especially when being greeted by a large crowd of friends, family as well as media. With the help of the safety team, Sean got out of his kit slowly and was carted off to the deco chamber for a routine safety check and was given the all clear. Eager to return to his team and friends Sean was taken back to Starfish Diving School where the team were still showing their sincere commitment and were busy collecting the debris retrieved from the sea into one large skip, bringing the banners back out of the water, as well as retrieving spare cylinders and marker buoys from base camp. After some food it was time for some well-deserved rest for the entire team.
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