By Ellie Duncombe
This is the incredible moment a freediver descends into the darkness – swimming more than 60 meters underwater while simply holding his breath.
Superhuman Alexey Molchanov can be seen diving down into the world famous Blue Hole – a submarine sinkhole in the Red Sea – without the aid of flippers or oxygen.
Alexey, who as an experienced freediver can hold his breath for up to eight minutes and thirty-three seconds, is harnessed to a wire which he follows down into the creepy black abyss.
The Russian champion freediver almost disappears into the darkness before he emerges again to begin his ascent – reaching the top just moments before running out of air.
This remarkable footage was shot by Vital Bazarov and was taken during a training exercise in which Alexey showed his students various breathing techniques.
He claims an ordinary person can dive up to 30 meters by adopting his extraordinary technique.
Alexey’s world champion record depth is 129 meters which he completed in three minutes and 50 seconds.