A Turkish diver who used the TRNC as the venue to chalk up his third world record has received an official “thank-you” for helping to boost the country’s tourism industry.
Cem Karabay smashed the record for the longest open saltwater Scuba dive last month by staying underwater for 72 hours off Alsancak’s Escape Beach, beating the previous record by almost 21 hours.
He was congratulated on the feat by Foreign Affairs Minister Emine Çolak, who also thanked him for contributing to TRNC tourism.
During a recent visit to the Ministry, Ms Çolak told him the record was also very important to her due to a personal interest in Scuba diving.
“The island has great potential for this sport and I invite Mr Karabay to return here more often, as diving can only be developed with expert guidance,” she said.
Mr Karabay’s achievement has been officially entered into the Guinness World Records website, saying it took place “in collaboration with the Prime Ministry of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus & Merit International Hotels (all Turkey), in Girne, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, from 17- 20 July 2015”.
Mr Karabay thanked the government for their “financial and emotional support,” adding: “I stood by my word when I said at the beginning of the year that I would break the record and have the TRNC written in the record books.”
He also revealed that “within a month” he would be hosting a programme on TRT TV entitled Scuba With Cem Karabay, which would include several episodes filmed in Cyprus.