Sean McGahern, a 37-year-old professional scuba diving instructor, will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cold open water sea dive between next Saturday and Sunday.

The event will be taking place at Starfish Diving School, Corinthia Marina Resort in St George's Bay, Paceville.

Mr McGahern will be entering the water at 11.30 p.m. on Saturday. He aims to spend 16 hours underwater without surfacing, exiting the water on March 4 at around 4 p.m.

He will be accompanied by a team of 16 safety divers as well as another team on land.

The current cold water open sea dive world record of 11 hours and 46 minutes.

Mr McGahern set the warm water open sea dive record of 25 hours and 10 minutes in Malta in 2009, only to see it beaten the following year.

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