Second World War Veteran Breaks World Record for Oldest Scuba Diver
Diving on the wreck of the Zenobia in Larnaca, Cyprus, 95-year-old veteran Ray Woolley has broken the world record for 'oldest male scuba diver'.
Woolley, originally from Port Sunlight on the Wirral, Merseyside, already held the world record for the oldest active male scuba diver, which he set last year, aged 94. He spent a total of 44 minutes underwater, with a maximum depth of 40.6m. This compares with last year's record dive of 41 minutes with a maximum depth of 38.1m, also on the Zenobia, a wreck he first dived in 1982, two years after the cargo vessel sank.
A radio-operator during the Second World War, Woolley has been diving for 58 years and is now resident in Cyprus. The event was witnessed and attended by members of the Guinness Book of World Records who verified the record. The dive took place on 28 August - Woolley's 95th birthday.
Speaking to waiting reporters after the dive, he said: 'We did it...I feel great. It’s lovely to break my record again and I hope if I can keep fit I will break it again next year with all of you.'
'I am trying to prove to myself,' he added, 'and I hope to other people, that exercise, especially when you are getting to around my age, is most important to do.'