It’s fair to say that Herbert Nitsch is a big name among free divers. In fact, the Austrian’s accomplishments in the sport have earned him the moniker “the deepest man on earth.” But Nitsch’s success certainly hasn’t come without difficulties. While setting a world record in 2012, for instance, things went horrifically wrong. As the diver rose to the surface, he ended up in an incredibly dangerous situation – and it had a massive impact on his entire life.
While free diving has many fans, it’s also an extremely dangerous sport. It involves descending as far as you can underwater – on just one breath. The risks are numerous: a free diver could easily fall unconscious and drown, for one thing. In addition, this type of diving also poses the risks of oxygen toxicity and cardiac arrests.