(CNN) — A New York man trying to set a freediving record died Sunday after he surfaced from a depth of more than 200 feet.
Nicholas Mevoli, a 32-year-old from Brooklyn, hoped to reach 236 feet (72 meters) with one breath of oxygen and without the assistance of fins.
When he surfaced, he flashed the OK sign and then lost consciousness 30 seconds later, organizers said.
Mevoli was going for a record at Dean\’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas. At 663 feet (202 meters), it is considered the world\’s deepest blue hole in seawater.