A pair of Russian divers reached a record depth underneath ice just outside the Arctic Circle on Saturday. The frigid temperatures and intense pressure made for extreme conditions.
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Maxim Astakhov and Alexander Gubin are professional scuba divers who work for the Russian Geographical Society. Their dive over the weekend was both a record-breaking attempt, and an opportunity to truly put new diving equipment to the test, Russia Today reported.
The duo, saddled with multiple air tanks, reached 102 meters - about 335 feet - under the icy surface of the White Sea just outside the Arctic Circle. The record was confirmed by Bojana Ostojic, a logistics expert who was a longtime member of Jacques Cousteau's team as well as a member of the Russian Geographical Society and a World Underwater Federation associate.
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"At a depth of 100 meters my gloves tightened so much it felt like I was going to see my nails," diver Alexander Gubin told Russia Today. "My hands felt terribly cold." No surprise there. The salt keeps that water liquid even though its temperature is actually below freezing, the Guardian pointed out.