The wreck of the Zenobia, a cargo ferry that sank in 1980 off Larnaca was the site of one gutsy WWII vet’s bid to combine his 94th birthday revels with a stab at the record books.
As if it were not enough of an achievement for Port Sunlight, Merseyside native Ray Woolley to mark his 94th birthday, he also set his sights on smashing a Guinness World Record in Cyprus waters.
The nonagenarian spent his recent birthday beneath Larnaca’s waves, racking up 41 minutes at a maximum depth of 125ft, diving on the wreck of the Zenobia.
He now faces a wait of up to three months to see if the record keepers will accept his attempt.
British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and Advanced Instructor Woolley is a Royal Navy vet, and was seconded to the SBS (Special Boat Service) in September 1944.
After the war, he worked in communications as a Foreign Office radio engineer.
After taking up diving in 1960, Woolley was posted in 1964 to Cyprus, where he dived regularly. He returned to live permanently on the island in 1999.