Defiant Russian quadruple amputee plunge 40 metres down Red Sea

A 38-year-old diver set a new world record plunging 40 meters (131 feet) down the Red Sea in Egypt's Hurghada on Monday. Dmitry Pavlenko had lost his arms and legs as a result of the grenade explosion in the age of 19, but that only fuelled him further to help others break barriers; he received a diploma in psychology and took on diving, becoming Russia's first ever certified quadruple amputee... Еще diver. In 2017, Pavlenko heard of French athlete Philippe Croizon, a quadruple amputee who had set the world record in 2013, plunging 33 meters (108 feet) down a swimming pool. Pavlenko decided to break Croizon's record in the Red Sea. He started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the 293,000 roubles (3,907 euros) he needed for his dive in Hurghada. By last April, Pavlenko secured the sum he needed and started planning for his trip. He also requested that Ehandicap World Records accompany him and registers his achievement, and embarked on a special training regimen to prep for his dive. Pavlenko went on his epic dive on May 7. Though he was supervised by five other divers, none of them were allowed to touch him. Pavlenko believes this is his way of showing others that there are no limits to what they can achieve; whether for an amputee or for a perfectly healthy person.

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