National Geographic Channel preps “Free Dive Live”

Produced by Darlow Smithson Productions, the U.S. cable net's latest live special will follow free diver William Trubridge (pictured) as he attempts to plunge 350 feet into an abyss on a single gulp of air.
April 8, 2014

A free diver will attempt to plummet deeper than the height of the Statue of Liberty on a single gulp of air during National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) next live special.

Produced by Darlow Smithson Productions and due to air this fall, Free Dive Live with William Trubridge will follow the 33-year-old free-diving world record holder (pictured) as he dives 350 feet into an abyss at the Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

The special will document the dive as it happens as well as his preparation and the science behind his ability to undertake such a feat. If successful, Trubridge would set a new world record.

According to the U.S. cable network, Trubridge will “try to swallow enough air to inflate his lungs to the size of watermelons” and dive 350 feet “where a flood of nitrogen to the brain will cause disorientation and blurred vision.” During the final 66 feet of his ascent, he will begin swimming in reverse to keep his lungs from expanding and bursting.

“It’s at this final stage that an average of nearly 100 free divers die every year,” the network said in a statement.

Darlow Smithson Productions is producing the special in association with Trium Entertainment and Apex Sports Apgency. Iain Riddick will serve as executive producer for Darlow Smithson Productions, while Mark Koops is executive producing for Trium and Jason Chambers is the EP for Apex. EPs for NGC are Charlie Parsons and Char Serwa.

Free Dive Live with William Trubridge is NGC’s second major live even this year. On March 14, the network aired the Arrow Media-produced special Live From Space, which broadcast live from the International Space Station and NASA Mission Control in Houston.

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