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60 MINUTES [PROGRAM CHANGE] [UPDATED]
Air Date: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: "N/A"
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"60 MINUTES" GOES TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA TO COVER THE TOP ATHLETES OF FREE DIVING

On a Single Breath, Humans are Diving Deeper than Submarines Once Could, To Set Records Never Thought Possible

There are people who can dive deeper than WWII submarines without coming up for air, in the increasingly popular extreme sport called free diving. Bob Simon speaks to two of the sport's top performers for a 60 MINUTES story that will bring viewers hundreds of feet under the sea, where records are being broken and lives risked. Simon's story will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Two years ago, one of the world's top free divers, New Zealander William Trubridge, broke records by venturing down to 331 feet without swim fins. Asked by Simon if, at the time, anyone thought such a deep dive was possible without fins, Trubridge replies, "When the record was 80? I don't think so. I don't think anyone realistically thought it was going to happen, or at least not soon." Watch a clip: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50138792n

No one yet knows how deep free divers will be able to go. "It's out there, but there's no way� of knowing exactly where it is. It's just deeper than we are now, we know that much," Trubridge tells Simon. 60 MINUTES cameras will follow Trubridge on another record attempt at the sport's Mecca in the Bahamas, Dean's Blue Hole, a limestone pit hundreds of feet deep. The results will be revealed Sunday night.

The divers who perform such feats are highly conditioned athletes. They've perfected exercises that streamline the body for swimming and, of course, breath-holding. The pressure at those depths usually causes disorientation, which increases the danger of the sport.

Free divers have died in pursuit of records, often because they pass out on the way back up.

Why do they do it at all? Tanya Streeter, one of the greatest female free-divers, who once went down more than 500 feet, says it's a deeply personal experience for her. "It's just a little bit difficult for people to fathom, if you excuse the pun," she tells Simon with a laugh. "But it's what I love to do�we don't dive to look around us, we dive to look within ourselves. It's a journey of self-exploration," she says.

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60 MINUTES (CBS)
Returns Sunday, September 21
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/24/68 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
47 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 47th) on 3/13/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2014) CBS, America's most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming. The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS's weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs. Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television's #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports program.
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