Freedive world champion William Trubridge is back on New Zealand shores as his partner prepares to give birth to their first child – very fittingly in a water birth.
Trubridge and his partner Sachiko Fukumoto – an actress and also an avid diver – flew in from Tokyo on Wednesday.
Fukumoto, who’s originally from Okinawa, in Japan, said the pair have already found out the gender of the baby – she would be giving birth to a girl.
They’ll base themselves at Trubridge’s family home in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, for the next three months – spanning the last month of Fukumoto’s pregnancy and the first couple of months after she’s given birth.
Photo: Fukumoto and Trubridge in the waters off Tokashiki island, in the Okinawa islands of Japan. Photo / Kazunori Nagatani
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Posted: 3 February 2019