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Diver explores shipwreck in Ontario lake despite sub-zero temperatures

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WATCH ABOVE: Using a single breath, freediver Egor Nesterenko explored the depths of a shipwreck off the shores of Tobermory, Ontario – Feb 28, 2019

Freediver Egor Nesterenko took a dive off the shores of Tobermory, Ont., to explore a shipwreck found at the bottom of the lake in early February.

In the video, Nesterenko and his friends are seen breaking through snow and ice before diving into the chilly waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Nesterenko can be seen moving through the cold snowy water and exploring the Alice G shipwreck underneath a thick layer of ice that has developed up above. Making the adventure more challenging is that he did it in a single breath.

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“Well we just love the water and we love freediving,” Nesterenko told Global News.

“We usually do it in the summer. But since our summers are so short unfortunately, we wanted to take it a step further and do it in the winter.”

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Nesterenko said they can’t dive for too long in frigid waters as it takes a lot of energy, so they are usually only under the water for about a minute and a half.

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“When it’s that cold your body burns through oxygen a lot quicker and it takes a lot of energy to stay warm,” he said.

He also said staying calm and collected is important when freediving especially under extreme elements.

Nesterenko said he prefers locations with warmer water conditions, such as Mexico and Thailand, where it’s warm all year round.

The video was taken on Feb. 2 and posted on Nesterenko’s account a day later.