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Woman was trying to break record held by husband

Updated: October 13, 2002, 5:37 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A Frenchwoman attempting to break the world free diving record drowned, initial autopsy reports suggested Sunday.

On Saturday, Audrey Mestre was pulled up by scuba divers 9 minutes, 44 seconds after she sunk below the surface without oxygen. Attached to a 200-pound weighted sled, Mestre plunged more than 500 feet below the surface.

"We don't know exactly what happened,'' said Carlos Serra, president of the Miami-based International ...

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