Nicholas Mevoli Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Nicholas Mevoli, 32, originally of St. Petersburg, Florida but living in Brooklyn died on November 18 while trying to set the World Free-diving record in the Bahamas, reports CBS New York.

Free-diving is the skill of plunging to the depths of the ocean without the of a tank or regulator. Competitors in the sport make dives of hundreds of feet below the surface on a single breath. Mevoli was competing in a nine-day-event being held in Deen’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Mevoli is Believed to Have Died of a ‘Depth Related Injury’

He passed away at around 2 p.m. (EST) in the Bahamas after completing a 72 meter “no-fins” dive. When he returned to the surface he had difficulty breathing. The sport’s governing body, Association Internationale pour le Développement de l’Apnée or AIDA, released a statement saying that Mevoli had died of a depth related injury. His body has been transported to the island’s capital, Nassau, for an autopsy.

2. He Grew-Up Spearfishing in the Florida Keys

According to his uncle, Paul Mevoli, his nephew had been a diving fanatic since growing up on the Floriday Keys where he would spearfish and catch lobsters. He had only become a professional in free-diving in 2012.

Todd Christensen Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Todd Christensen, the former BYU, Giants, Raiders and Cowboys football star dies at 57. He had battled liver disease for ten years.

Click here to read more

3. He Had Suffered Health Problems Ever Since Turning Pro

When Mevoli made history as the first American to reach 100m on a single breath dive in 2013, his health problems were first notice. At a tournament in his rookie year in the sport, he suffered a blackout which was depth related. Then later in 2012, sinus and ear related injuries kept him out of the World Championships and another tournament.

4. He Was Writing a Screenplay About His Experiences

Before turning pro, Mevoli worked in television and was working on a script about living as a young man in the Florida Keys.

5. He Was on Course to Break Another World Record

At the time of his death Mevoli was in-line to break a world record for “Constant No Fins” dive. The winner of the tournament in the Bahamas would have taken home $20,000. His uncle Paul concluded of his nephew:

He was very talented. Even the people in the free-diving world couldn’t believe his skill.

California Fishermen Catch World-Record Shark! (PHOTOS)

They might have needed a bigger boat, but nevertheless, these California fisherman were still able to reel in a razor toothed monster.

Click here to read more

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s