Sochi torch relay dives into deepest freshwater lake
Nov 23, 9:00am EST
The Olympic flame plunged into Lake Baikal on Saturday. A man with a jetpack then carried it above the lake to shore.
A Sochi 2014 group dived about 40 feet into the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake with three special torches that can burn underwater at a temperature of 3,600 degrees Farenheit, according to Russian news outlet RT.
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The Sochi 2014 website explained how the flame could stay lit while submerged:
"The continuous burning of the flame during the dive was possible thanks to a special burner, which was designed and developed in a similar way to flares used for warning signals at sea. The device was lit by the unique Olympic flame using a special pyrotechnic charge."
A Russian TV anchor, the vice president of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee, a professional diver, en emergency rescuer and a former underwater swimmer scout for Russia’s Pacific Fleet accompanied the flame, according to RT.