Brussels - Limbless adventurer Philippe Croizon became the world's first quadruple amputee Thursday to complete a 33-metre (100-foot) dive to the bottom of the world's deepest swimming-pool in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
“It was huge, an intense moment of happiness,” the Frenchman said after touching bottom accompanied by more than a dozen divers aged between 63 and 86.
“Between us we're 1,000 years old and have done 35 000 dives in all the world's seas,” said Paul Sobol, 86.
“We wanted to show that diving was a great sport that was accessible to people of any age from eight years up, and even to the severely handicapped,” Croizon added.
Croizon, a former metal-worker, had all four limbs amputated in 1994 from the elbows and knees after being struck by an electric shock of more than 20,000 volts as he tried to remove a TV antenna