‘The life and soul of freediving’: sport pays tribute to Natalia Molchanova

She pushed the boundaries of freediving for 12 years, her habit of setting world records earning her the nickname the Machine. But Natalia Molchanova – the Russian considered the greatest freediver of all time – is now feared dead after failing to surface after a recreational dive with friends off…

Natalia Molchanova was giving diving lesson when she vanished, son says

Freediving world champion Natalia Molchanova was giving a diving lesson to several inexperienced divers when she failed to surface, it has emerged. Molchanova, 53, vanished on Sunday as she was freediving – diving without breathing apparatus – near Formentera, a small island south of Ibiza. Initial reports said she was…