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Published: Sunday, 7/19/2009

Hundreds dive into goal at Gilboa Quarry

Slug: CTY gilboa19p Date:   07172009       The Blade/Andy Morrison       Location: Gilboa    Caption: Divers climb back on dry land after trying to set the world record for most divers submerged at Gilboa Quarry, Saturday, 07182009. Slug: CTY gilboa19p Date: 07172009 The Blade/Andy Morrison Location: Gilboa Caption: Divers climb back on dry land after trying to set the world record for most divers submerged at Gilboa Quarry, Saturday, 07182009.
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Divers emerge from Gilboa Quarry in Putnam County, where hundreds of underwater enthusiasts sought Saturday to re-establish the Guinness record for the most number of divers to submerge at once.


Slug: CTY gilboa19p Date:   07172009       The Blade/Andy Morrison       Location: Gilboa    Caption: A diver stands on his hands as he and others try to set the world record for most divers submerged at Gilboa Quarry, Saturday, 07182009. Slug: CTY gilboa19p Date: 07172009 The Blade/Andy Morrison Location: Gilboa Caption: A diver stands on his hands as he and others try to set the world record for most divers submerged at Gilboa Quarry, Saturday, 07182009.
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Unofficially, 794 people donned diving gear to tackle the record. In February, 2006, an assembly of 979 divers submerged in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives, a group of 1,200 atolls south of India. Dive organizers said last week they believed they had enough commitments to break the record, but no-shows torpedoed the effort.


Slug: CTY gilboa19p Date:   07172009       The Blade/Andy Morrison       Location: Gilboa    Caption: Divers have fun underwater as they try to set the world record for most divers submerged at Gilboa Quarry, Saturday, 07182009. Slug: CTY gilboa19p Date: 07172009 The Blade/Andy Morrison Location: Gilboa Caption: Divers have fun underwater as they try to set the world record for most divers submerged at Gilboa Quarry, Saturday, 07182009.
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As the divers submerged and waited for their colleagues, some of them performed gymnastics feats, while others kept tabs on each other to ensure a safe experience. Most of the divers were from the United States, complemented by a large contingent from London, Ont. The 14- acre quarry is one of three dive sites in northwest Ohio frequented by divers.




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