American Diver Smashes Record For Deepest Ocean Sub Dive

Mindy Sparks
May 18, 2019

An American explorer has descended almost 11km (seven miles) to the deepest place in the ocean - the Mariana Trench in the Pacific.

The 53-year-old diver spent four hours exploring the bottom of the ocean inside his small sub built to withstand vast pressure.

On April 28, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Victor Vescovo climbed into the cramped cockpit of his personal $48 million submersible and descended beneath the waves deeper than any human being had been.

In an editorial for The i newspaper, Attenborough wrote, "I have seen for myself the effects of plastic pollution on some of our planet's most precious species and natural places-an unfolding catastrophe that has been overlooked for too long".

"There were some small, translucent animals", Vescovo said.

Here is a screengrab of the plastic that they found in the deepest trench of the ocean. Four expeditions made in the last three weeks to the Mariana Trench in the submarine, DSV Limiting Factor has collected biological and rock samples.

The final challenge will be to reach the bottom of the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, which is now scheduled for August 2019.

Vescovo, a private equity investor who climbed the world's highest peaks before taking on the world's deepest ocean depths, funded the diving expedition into the Mariana Trench himself, according to the BBC.


"We feel like we have just created, validated and opened a powerful door to discover and visit any place, any time, in the ocean - which is 90 percent unexplored", said Vescovo.

Those candy wrappers you threw out?

The previous record was held by "Titanic" director James Cameron in 2012.

An American adventurer and underwater researcher is immersed, according to one of the deepest points of the earth where it found garbage.

Victor said, "It was very disappointing to see obvious human contamination of the deepest point in the ocean".

The waste was never retrieved so it's hard to ever know whether it was indeed a plastic bag, but the discovery may still indicate that all is not well at the bottom of the world's oceans.

In the May/June issue of Hydro International we'll publish an article about the Five Deeps Expedition. Before Cameron, the US Navy vessel Trieste took Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard down to 10,912 metres. So far, besides the recent descent into the Mariana Trench, Vescovo has also dived the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean (8,376m/27,480ft down), the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean (7,433m/24,388ft) and the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean (7,192m/23,596ft).

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