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Episode Info: Herbert Nitsch is the greatest freediver of all time, current freediving world record holder and “Deepest Man on Earth”. Herbert can hold his breath for more than 9 minutes and has set a total of 33 world records, across all of the 8 recognised freediving disciplines. On June 6th, 2012, Herbert dove to a world record 253.2 m (830.8 ft), in the No-Limits sled-dive discipline. On the ascent, at 80m, Herbert temporarily fell asleep due to nitrogen narcosis and consequently missed the critical one-minute underwater decompression stop. Upon surfacing Herbert was alert and asked for a mask to immediately return underwater to re-compress on pure oxygen - but it was too late.. While decompressing underwater, Herbert felt the onset of severe decompression sickness, which would eventually result in multiple brain-strokes. Herbert arrived comatose at hospital and his future did not look good. With a prognosis of remaining a "wheelchair-bound care-dependent patient", he dismissed himself from long-term facilitated care, and took his healing into his own hands. Today, against all odds, Herbert is fit, training and deep-freediving again. "Each time I think I've reached a limit there's a door.. it opens.. and the limit is gone." Links mentioned in this episode: * Herbert Nitsch (websaite) * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram All photos are copyrighted: * HN = © herbertnitsch.com * HNPS = © Herbert Nitsch & Phil Simha Enjoy the interview.Read more »

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