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South African Karen van den Oever has extended her previous Guinness World Record for women's cave diving, descending on open circuit to a monster 246.65m in the depths of Boesmansgat Cave.

She broke her previous cave diving record, set back in 2021, by more than 10m during the dive on Thursday 27 October.

South Africa's Boesmansgat Cave is a legendary deep-diving site, with Nuno Gomes setting his own world record when he descended to the very bottom – a whopping 283m – back in 1996.

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Karen van den Oever after her epic dive
Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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