The American diver aged 32, who was about to set a record, died after a 72-meter dive in Bahamas on Sunday. Around midday, he plunged deep, breathing in as much oxygen as possible for his lungs to take weight. Nonetheless, while reaching the surface, things got worse.
A member of the staff, Marco Cosentino shouted, “There’s a problem with his lung”, and turned him on a side. Then, blood went out from Mevoli’s mouth.
“At first, there was a pulse, at times faint, at times strong. Within 15 minutes, there was none. The team cut off his wetsuit and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation in earnest. Attempts to revive Mevoli, which included three shots of adrenaline at the scene, continued unsuccessfully for the next 90 minutes,” explained Cosentino.
Nicholas Mevoli was the first American to dive 100 meters deep without assistance, on May 2012. However, he was forced to abandon a record he wanted to set, two days before dying tragically, reaching 80 meters over 96, with blood pouring from his mouth once at the surface. The IADA (International Association for the Development of Apnea) affirms he is the first athlete to die during a worldwide competition in 21 years.
Licia Foudala, 3F1