Maldives broke the Guinness world record for the most people freediving simultaneously.
The freediving world record was broken with the participation of 521 divers while the previous record holders, Italy with 280 divers in 2009.
As part of the World Tourism Day 2019 celebrations, the island nation’s President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih joined 520 others in simultaneous freediving off the lagoon of Baros Maldives resort, staying underwater for around 30 seconds.
Officials of Guinness at the scene declared the “Neyvaa” event as a new world record and presented the official certificate to President Solih.
Freediving world champion Willian Trubridge, a double world record-holding freediver from New Zealand, also participated in the event, dubbed “Neyvaa”, which in local Dhivehi language means breath.
The special event was glorified with the participation of the president, ministers, and some high-ranked politicians.
Moreover, this is the first-ever world record by the popular tropical tourist destination and a huge step for the development of the Maldives.