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Instant UpRight's Instant Span 500 scaffolding was used to help two Irish divers in an attempt to beat an underwater world record

Brothers Paul and Declan Devane were attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest, open sea water scuba dive. The dive was carried out in memory of Cillian Devane (Declan's son) who died of a brain tumor in February 2009 aged just two years old. The divers' were also raising money for the Children's Ward at Beaumont Hospital where Cillian died and the Helping Hands Charity.

The challenge was to dive in the Atlantic Ocean off the West coast of Ireland, with prolonged exposure to temperatures of less than 15[degrees]C. They were unable to break the surface of the water at any time during the dive.

'Officially' the Guinness Book of Records informed the divers that this record category is currently awaiting a successful claim and informed them that no claim of less than 24 hours would be accepted as the inaugural record, without surfacing and without the option of toilet breaks.

Following a review of potential failure points in SCUBA diving and the additional unique requirements of this dive, the brothers identified the key equipment to be provided by their sponsors. Among the list of essential equipment was the Instant Span 500 Tower which was donated by HSS Hire Galway.

It took almost three months for the divers to build the support structure underwater. In this underwater application the tower provided a secure, stable and stationary resting platform for the divers to minimise their fatigue and a place to rest their diving equipment.

The World Record Attempt took place in Scubadive West, a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) scuba dive centre located on the sheltered Killary Fjord (the only Fjord in Ireland or the UK), Scubadive West is 10 miles long, has a depth of 40 m in the middle and is surrounded either side by high mountains.

The Devane brothers entered the water on the morning of 10 October 2009 at 10.00 am. Unfortunately, Paul had to leave the water due to a valve problem but he lasted almost eight hours underwater despite the discomfort. Declan managed a total of 12 hours and left the water just before 10.00 pm with moderate hypothermia.

Despite failing to achieve the record the divers did honour Cillian Devane's memory and raised 20000 euros for their charities. The brothers hope that Guinness will review their record and plan to have another try for the record next year.


The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow has had help from Ltech in arranging the artworks on display.

The Garage Centre is a new arts venue headed up by Dasha Zhukova it was officially opened on 16 September 2008 in the former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed in 1926 by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. The Centre has bought an Upright MB 26 N, electric vertical mast lift from Ltech which says Ltech is, "Working hard to realise the most daring creative ideas which flashed into the heads of the world wide leading artists and painters. Ltech company is happy to assist in creating the beauty."

Source Citation
"Record dive uses Instant Upright scaffold for support." Access International 17.1 (2010): 42. Home Improvement Collection. Web. 1 Sept. 2010.
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