“Breathless” is the French film based on a true event: the dramatic story of Audrey Mestre, a young woman who decides to leave her studies to pursue her dream of becoming a professional freediver; And boy did she do it, because she broke several records. However, in her attempt to have a new brand, she lost her life.
Next, we will tell you who the athlete, who was posthumously inducted into the Women’s Divers Hall of Fame in 2002, ceased to exist and under what circumstances.
- Date of Birth: August 11, 1974
- Year of death: October 12, 2002
- Age at which he died: 28 years
- Where was he born? Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis
- Nationality: French
Audrey Mestre was born into a family that practiced water sports: snorkeling and diving.
Because he was passionate about water sports, At the age of three, he won his first medal in swimming.. For the 13 years, he already practiced diving.
It was not until 16 years that Mestre became a professional diverdue to French laws that prevented him from being a minor.
He was still a teenager when his family moved to Mexico, where he learned Spanish and decided study marine biology.
Due to his interest in water sports, in 1996 he met the free diver Francisco ‘Pipín’ Ferreras. In a short time, she decides to leave his studies and move with him to Miami, where he becomes her coach and created in her an obsession with diving. It was so that in just one year she beat her first one and from there more followed.
Their passion for the same sport and the love they felt for each other led the couple to marry in 1999.
In 2000, the Frenchwoman managed to break another women’s freediving world record off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, reaching a depth of 125 meters on just one breath. The following year, she broke another record: she descended 130 meters in just one minute and 56 seconds. In 2001, she and her husband set a record by diving 100 meters. More successes in this sport followed for her.
In October 2002, ceases to exist when trying to break a new record of 160 meters deep. On October 12, she sank off the coast of Bayahibe, Dominican Republic and it reached 171 meters without any inconvenience, but when the lifting balloon was supposed to take it out, it failed.
To this was added that the strong current and the vertical rope, which was placed incorrectly, delayed his ascent. As soon as he reached the surface, due to the actions of a rescue diver and ‘Pipín’, he still had a pulse, but nine minutes had passed for the dive, which should only last no more than three minutes. The worst: there was no rescue team at the dive site or on the shore.
Because Audrey Mestre had a pulse when she reached the surface, but there was no possibility of reviving her due to lack of medical personnel, The investigations determined that when the athlete made the dive, the common apnea safety standards did not exist..
The criticism was directed at her husband Francisco ‘Pipín’ Ferreras for having rushed the organization without sufficient funds for this record attempt. Not only that, but he was in charge of the air tank for Mestre’s lift bag, but he did not allow any member of the team to verify that the tank was loaded. In the end, no one was found responsible for Audrey’s death.
- Original title: “Sous Emprise”
- Duration: 100 minutes
- Country: France
- original language: French
- Address: David M. Rosenthal
- Script: David M. Rosenthal
- Photography: Thomas Hardmeier
- Producer: Nolita Cinema
- Release date: September 9, 2022
- Diffusion: Netflix
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