Scuba dive record bid on Lough Derg to benefit charity

Scuba diver Christopher Healy will this Sunday, July 7, attempt a world record 20km underwater swim in Lough Derg. Christopher previously set a record travelling a distance of 10km underwater to raise money for the Share a Dream Foundation.

Scuba diver Christopher Healy will this Sunday, July 7, attempt a world record 20km underwater swim in Lough Derg. Christopher previously set a record travelling a distance of 10km underwater to raise money for the Share a Dream Foundation.

Nenagh-based Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club, along with other dive clubs and divers, will provide boat cover and cover divers to assist him in his attempt to travel underwater in Lough Derg. He also plans to set a new record for the fastest 10km underwater.

The dive starts at 4am from Two Mile Gate travelling up the Shannon before returning, and Christy hopes to surface at Killaloe at 4pm having travelled the 20km. The underwater hero will surface as another Irish hero is being celebrated at The Féile Brian Ború, which runs in Killaloe / Ballina from July 4 to 7.

You can follow his adventures and make donations or offer assistance on his Facebook page, Christopher Healy - Diving for Charity. The attempt is a precursor to Christy’s plan to attempt another world record by scuba diving from Scotland to Northern Ireland in August.

Christopher got involved in raising funds for the charity after his and his wife’s only son, Stephen , was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After six months of treatment, Stephen was given the all clear.