Natalia Molchanova was diving without fins to a planned depth of 35 metres (115ft) near La Savina port on Formentera, a small island that lies south of Ibiza, where it is feared she may have encountered a strong underwater current.
The woman considered one of the greatest freedivers of all time is feared dead after she failed to surface after a dive in the Mediterranean.
Her son, Alexey Molchanov, expressed his fear that she is dead as part of an interview with the NY Times, after the 3 other divers she was with on Sunday raised the alarm by radio after she failed to resurface after one of the dives.
An official statement has been issued by AIDA International and the Molchanova family providing more information:
Natalia Molchanova was recreationally freediving off the coast of Spain on August 2, 2015 when she was separated from her peers. She was diving without fins to around 30 to 40m and supposable got into strong underwater current. Search efforts have been ongoing during daylight hours and the next day since she was reported missing by three peers. She disappeared while diving approximately two miles northwest of the port of La Savina at Poniente de es Freus.
Molchanova is a 40 x World Champion with 41 records in every single competitive discipline apart from No Limits (NLT). She also has 20 individual gold medals and two team gold medals from various Freediving World Championships.
More for the incredible woman HERE in Deeperblue.com