Another sad story this week with the passing of Patrick Musimu who was a “no limits” Freediver.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
He was training alone in his pool and found later by his wife. Sad story. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
This from Wikipedia:
“Patrick Musimu (born on 12 October 1970 in Kinshasa, Zaire, deseased on 21 July 2011, in Brussels, Belgium) was a Belgian free-diver, Sport Business Mgr, Mkg & Event Mgr, former physiotherapist. On June 30, 2005, he cracked the previous “No Limit” world record in freediving by almost 40 meters, by diving to 209 meters of depth without the use of a breathing apparatus. Following his request, this dive was done without the supervision of the International Association for Freediving agency, from which Patrick Musimu dissociated since 2002. According to him extreme deep free diving should not be considered as a sport but as an adventure.
Musimu began diving in 1999 at the age of 28, intrigued by what he called “dolphin-men”. His secret lies in years and years of training and preparation, but special attention should be given to his equalizing technique: instead of equalizing his ears by the regular maneuvers, he floods his air spaces (sinus and middle ears) with seawater before reaching the depth where ordinary equalization would become hard. He has a lung capacity of 9 litres and can hold his breath for more than 8 min 33 sec. In Stan Lee’s Superhumans, a show on History channel; he claims meditation and yoga to be the reason behind his apparent powers of holding breath. Belgian Freediver Patrick Musimu has reportedly died whilst pool training alone and was found by his wife and daughter.”