After nearly eight days submerged in a 330-gallon tank, the University of Toledo scuba club broke the world record for "Longest Continuous Dive in an Enclosed Environment" early Tuesday.
The group of 25 divers started the challenge on April 1 at 6:20 a.m. and ended around 3:30 a.m. on April 9. The previous world record was six days and 21 hours.
According to UT's student newspaper, The Independent Collegian, the university will hold a ceremony at 1 p.m. with the team and school officials.
One of the club members wrote on the group's Facebook page:
"I am amazed with all of you. You all put so much time and effort into making this happen. From the planning to the preparation to (carrying) it out this was a massive group effort that all of you contributed to. And that's not even beginning to address all the issues we had over this week. Our first tote leaked, the recorded glitched, the water got so murky that ya couldn't see more than a couple inches in front of your face, the water also got very cold, the filter stopped working. Then there was the fatigue of the stress and time we put into this week. I know there are a lot of tired divers right now. These are challenges that we didn't see coming and would knock out most groups, but you all faced them with creativity, ingenuity, and pure determination to make this happen. This record belongs to you guys. You did it! Congrats guys!"
Watch divers Katie Stibaner and Steven Harold Vandercook celebrate when they officially surpassed the world record at 12:21 a.m. below!