Former Levin resident and Horowhenua College old boy Jonathan Garratt made the world news the other day when his mate and fellow Kiwi Ant Williams broke the world record for freediving below ice in the Arctic Circle in Norway.

Ant Williams elated at having reach a depth of 75m freediving under arctic ice.
Ant Williams elated at having reach a depth of 75m freediving under arctic ice.

Ant Williams reached 75m after at an earlier attempt reaching 70m in pitch black ice cold water. The previous official record was 65, set by a Russian freediver. In his support team is Jonathan Garratt, his safety manager.

Jonathan's proud dad Bruce brought the Chronicle videos and photos to share the news. He said all his kids were outdoor types.

"Jonathan was a surfie who made friends with Ant and a few other freedivers and took up the sport a few years ago. He travels with them around the world enjoying the sport."

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Jonathan Garratt is safety manager for freediver Ant Williams and was involved in the world record set for freediving under ice in the arctic circle this year.
Jonathan Garratt is safety manager for freediver Ant Williams and was involved in the world record set for freediving under ice in the arctic circle this year.

Jonathan now works in Australia as a civil engineer who specialises in hydraulics. He has done geotech work, and now works on tunnels for Railcorp in Sydney.