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Brit Diver Breaks Extreme Ironing Underwater Record - for the Second Time

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LONDON, England -- An Islington scuba diver has broken the extreme ironing underwater world record - for the second time.

Louise Trewavas, 39, who lives in Wallace Road, Canonbury, first set the record in 2003, when she ironed a T-shirt at a depth of 100 metres in the Blue Hole at the Red Sea resort of Dahab in Egypt.

But last month rival diver John Rudolph swam away with the title after managing to iron at 129 metres.

Not one to be outdone, Louise immediately started planning her next big dive and on August 17 she sank to new depths and reclaimed her world record with an outstanding display of ironing at 137 metres.

Despite her success, Louise, whose day job is as a press officer for CEA@Islington, the company which runs the borough's schools, insists extreme underwater ironing is just a bit of fun.

She said: "Extreme ironing is for people who do extreme sports but don't take themselves too seriously. A lot of people who do extreme sports are very serious about it but that's not what it's is about.

"I am more lighthearted about it. I don't want people to be afraid of scuba diving.

"Diving is about having fun, it's not about being a complete nutter."

"You can have fun in six metres and 60 metres. It's what you enjoy doing that's the really important thing."

When she's not competing for extreme underwater ironing titles Louise dedicates her time to saving divers lives.

The Blue Hole, where she set her record, is one of the world's most dangerous dive sites.

It is thought that up to 100 divers died there last year alone.

She said: "A group of us have been working on the Blue Hole project, creating a map of the site so that people know what to expect when they get in the water and don't make any silly mistakes.

"Too many people have died unnecessarily and we hope this will save some lives."

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I've dove the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt many times, both through the keyhole and to the bottom. The people dying there are irresponsible and unprepared. They give the divesight a very bad stigma. The dive is not dangerous, the divers are. They cause more and more inexperienced divers to go to the bottom out of curiosity and die from O2 toxemia. They aren't taught, or just don't realize the physiology before they deep dive. It needs to be taught in beginner courses instead of only advanced courses. There will always be fools, but unfortunately they create a deadly mystique that others feel the need to experience, or beat. These record seekers making it out to be what it is not, "silly play", by ironing at depth, should be decertified and barred from the sport. It's serious business. I think I missed the special where Jacques Cousteau did underwater ironing.
   comment# 1   - George · Arizona. USA · Jan 27, 2009 @ 12:35pm
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