Wold Record for holding breath underwater for 19 minutes and 21 seconds

A Swiss diver has broken the world record for holding his breath underwater - for 19 minutes and 21 seconds.

Freediver Peter Colat, 38, said the first 12 minutes without air were 'no problem' after plunging into a water tank at a holiday fair in St Gallen, Switzerland.

Mr Colat smashed the previous record held by Italian Nicola Putignano by 19 seconds.

Under the rules for so-called 'static apnea' laid down by the Guinness World Records, Mr Colat was allowed to breath pure oxygen for ten minutes before the feat yesterday.

He said afterwards: 'The first 12 minutes were not a problem and I felt the first need to breathe very late, but because of this it was even stronger.'

Magician David Blaine set a world record in 2008 when he held his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds, breaking Mr Colat's previous record of 16 minutes and 32 seconds on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.

According to the British Freediving Association, participants must 'enter a very relaxed state so as to minimise oxygen consumption.'

It adds that: 'Eventually, the store of oxygen will reduce to critical levels, resulting in hypoxia, and possibly black-out if the freediver fails to listen to his body or ignores what he hears.'

Cheers! 18L bottle of wine tipped to fetch £4,800 at auction

For lovers of wine fine, quality drops don't come much bigger than this 2006 bottle of Chateau Cheval Blanc.

But those hoping to add it to their collection will need at least £3,600 - and a large wine cellar - because at 18litres it is significantly bigger than the 750ml bottle most people are used to.

The large bottle, referred to as a melchior, is expected to fetch between £3,600 and £4,800 when it goes on sale as part of the Finest and Rarest Wines and Vintage Port auction at Sotheby's next week.

A Sotheby's spokesman said it was 'phenomenally rare' to have a bottle of such a size, and even more unusual for it to be a Bordeaux wine.

The melchior weighs in at 25kg, is 75cm high with a circumference of 70cm and contains enough wine to pour 144 glasses of wine.

The wine, and other fine and rare wines, will go up for auction on Wednesday.