August 17, 2009

Mass scuba record set in Indonesia

An Indonesian admiral did the honors Monday, announcing a world record for a mass scuba dive of more than 2,500 divers.

Rear Adm. Moekhals Sidik confirmed that 2,562 scuba divers took the plunge for an underwater flag-raising in North Sulawesi that marked Indonesia's Independence Day.

Indonesia should be proud of this achievement, Sidik said. It shows that we can do something good for the country.

The Jakarta Globe said a representative of the venerable Guinness World Records was on hand to witness the even, which was part of the Sail Bunaken maritime festival.

The participants included 2,486 Indonesians and 76 foreigners.

The previous record of 958 was set in the Maldives in 2006, East Coast Radio reported.