95-year-old British scuba diver Ray Woolley – the world’s oldest scuba diver – broke his own record on Saturday after completing a wreck dive off Cyprus.
Ray, who has been diving for 58 years, is currently the world’s oldest active male scuba diver having just celebrated his 95th birthday on August 28.
Saturday’s dive saw Ray dive the shipwreck of Zenobia for 44 minutes at a depth of 40.6 metres. This beat the dive he completed when he was 94 which lasted for 41 minutes and saw him achieve a depth of 38.1 metres.
Reuters reported that Ray is still keen to continue diving. After surfacing from the dive, he said: “We did it…I feel great. It’s lovely to break my record again and I hope if I can keep fit I will break it again next year with all of you.”
The Zenobia is a cargo vessel around 2km from Lanarca. It sank in 1980 on its maiden voyage and has around ’90-odd trucks still chained’ to it according to the news outlet.
Ray was a radio operator in the Second World War and is originally from Port Sunlight in northwest England, but now lives in Cyprus. He first visited the wreck in 1982.
Ray added: “I am trying to prove to myself, and I hope to other people, that exercise, especially when you are getting to around my age, is most important to do.”
Photo credit: Guinness World Record photo of Ray Woolley in 2017 at 94 years old.