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Russian scuba divers set deepest under-ice dive record

The divers spent a few minutes on the floor of the White Sea testing their equipment and collecting soil samples.
By Brooks Hays   |   March 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM

KAZAN, Russia, March 6 (UPI) -- Two Russian divers say they've set yet another record, this time for deepest dive under ice.

The scuba divers recently emerged through a hole in the icy surface of the White Sea, having descended nearly 338 feet, or 102 meters -- a record for deepest dive under ice. Deeper Antarctic dives have been recorded, but never through a hole in the ice.

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The White Sea is a large inlet of the Barents Sea off the northwest coast of Russia.

Maksim Astakhov and Aleksandr Gubin are an adventurous pair of professional scuba divers with a handful of diving records to their names. In 2014, the pair dived to the bottom of 318-foot volcanic lake in Antarctica.

Their latest dive again subjected the two divers to extreme conditions -- subzero temperatures and intense water pressure.

"At a depth of 100 meters my gloves tightened so much it felt like I was going to see my nails. My hands felt terribly cold," Gubin told Russia Today.

The divers spent a few minutes upon the floor of the White Sea testing their equipment and collecting soil samples. The dive lasted 80 minutes.

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