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Spain: Russian champion free diver Natalia Molchanova missing, feared dead01:14

Spain: Russian champion free diver Natalia Molchanova missing, feared dead

Spain, La Savina, Formentera
August 4, 2015 at 05:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Authorities announced on Tuesday that Russian champion free diver Natalia Molchanova, widely considered to be one of the greatest free divers in the world, was feared dead after going missing during a dive in the Balearic Sea, near to the Spanish island of Formentera, on Sunday.

The 53-year-old free diver disappeared whilst conducting a planned dive with three friends to a depth of 35 metres (115 feet). The dive took place two miles northwest of La Savina at Poniente de es Freus on Sunday afternoon. Molchanova's son Alexey, who is also a free diving champion, has flown out to the Spanish island to assist authorities in the search for his mother.

Natalia Molchanova is the world's most decorated free diver, winning 20 individual gold medals and two team gold medals at a variety of free diving world championships over the years. She also holds 41 world records and is the only woman in free diving history to dive further than a depth of 100 metres (328 ft).

Spain: Russian champion free diver Natalia Molchanova missing, feared dead01:14
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Authorities announced on Tuesday that Russian champion free diver Natalia Molchanova, widely considered to be one of the greatest free divers in the world, was feared dead after going missing during a dive in the Balearic Sea, near to the Spanish island of Formentera, on Sunday.

The 53-year-old free diver disappeared whilst conducting a planned dive with three friends to a depth of 35 metres (115 feet). The dive took place two miles northwest of La Savina at Poniente de es Freus on Sunday afternoon. Molchanova's son Alexey, who is also a free diving champion, has flown out to the Spanish island to assist authorities in the search for his mother.

Natalia Molchanova is the world's most decorated free diver, winning 20 individual gold medals and two team gold medals at a variety of free diving world championships over the years. She also holds 41 world records and is the only woman in free diving history to dive further than a depth of 100 metres (328 ft).

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