Brooklyn resident Nicholas Mevoli died in the Bahamas on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.
Mevoli, 32, was taking part in a freediving competition, where divers swim to great depths without scuba gear, surviving only on the air they are able to hold in their lungs for the duration of the swim.
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He began freediving competitively just last year, the AP reported. He broke the U.S. constant weight record soon after.
Nick died on Sunday about 2 p.m. after completing a dive off the coast of Long Island in the Bahamas.
A statement from the Association Internationale pour le Developpement de l'Apnee (AIDA), an international organization for freediving, explained that Nick had made it back to the surface after a dive 72 meters deep, but struggled to breathe and lost consciousness.
"Nick appears to have suffered from a depth-related injury to his lungs," the AIDA statement said.
Detectives in the Bahamas are reportedly investigating his death.
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