Roane State educator sets world record for underwater living

Bruce Cantrell, left, and Jessica Fain perform a final check of their gear before going underwater to live in a habitat for 73 days. Courtesy: Roane State Community College
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Roane State Community College educator has set a new world record for a female living underwater.

As of Saturday, October 18, officials say Jessica Fain, an adjunct professor, had been living continuously underwater for 15 days. The previous mark was 14 days, set in 1970 by Dr. Sylvia Earle.

"I am honored to be among a select group of aquanauts that includes people such as Sylvia Earle," says Fain. "It is a surreal feeling to know that I am one of very few women who have lived in an underwater habitat for an extended period of time. To know that I am now the only female to live in an underwater habitat for this long is an incredible personal achievement and I hope it inspires future generations of women."

Fain is living with Bruce Cantrell, a biology professor, in an underwater habitat in the Florida Keys for 73 days.

They are pursing the world record for longest time spent living underwater.

According to the Guinness World Records, the current overall record is 69 days, 19 minutes, which was set by Richard Presley in 1992.

Fain and Cantrell submerged on October 3 and plan to resurface December 15.

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