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PONZA, Italy -- Two scuba divers have plunged deep
underwater off Italy, starting what they hope will be a record 10
Stefano Barbaresi, 37, and Stefania Mensa, 29, completed the first
day living eight meters under water off the island of Ponza aided by
a special dry chamber where they can change masks and eat.
They have nine days to go to reach their goal of 240 hours,
doubling the 120 hours set by Jerry Hall of Bluff City, Tenn., in
eastern Tennessee's Watauga Lake, according to the Guinness World
"It's a unique opportunity to understand the limits of mankind
under the sea," project organizer Pierfranco Bozzi said, according to
the Milan daily Corriere della Sera.
The divers' new home has beds, exercise machines, table and chairs
and even a television all anchored to the sea floor.
Every five to six hours, the two will be able to enter a dry
chamber where they can do such things as dine and change masks as
well as undergo examinations by researchers, from several Italian
hospitals and Rome's Sapienza University.
Scientists will monitor the divers' heart rates and ear drums,
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