Olympic torch takes dive in world's deepest lake

By Associated Press | November 23, 2013 | 12:05 PM EST

In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer Sergei Bakhlayev, centre, jumps, during a torch relay in Ulan Ude, about 4,400 kilometers (2,700 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia's eastern Siberia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. The Holy Trinity Cathedral is at right. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Olympic torch has plunged into the world's deepest lake in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Games.

Video from the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee showed lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba gear at Lake Baikal on Saturday. He lit what the committee says is a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerged himself in the lake.

The 39,000-mile Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has flown in space and traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker.

The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame in Sochi on Feb. 7, marking the start of the 2014 Games.