American Diver Smashes Record For Deepest Ocean Sub Dive


Thus far, in addition to the Mariana Trench feat, Vescovo has become the first human to dive the deepest points in the Puerto Rico Trench of the Atlantic Ocean (27,480 feet in December 2018), the South Sandwich Trench of the Southern Ocean (24,388 feet in January 2019) and the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean (23,596 feet in April 2019). Victor Vescovo reported in NY that he was several times dipped into the Mariana trench in the Pacific ocean, among other things, 10.928, and 10.927 meters deep. Previously, the deepest dive totaled over 10,912 metres and was carried out by U.S. Navy lieutenant Don Walsh and Swish engineer Jacques Piccard in 1960.

"There were some small, translucent animals", gently moving about, Vescovo said. They found one 8,530 feet (2,600 m) below the surface, one 14,600 feet (4,450 m) and two at the deepest point they reached. This is where Victor Vescovo broke the record for the deepest dive, reaching just shy of seven miles. On May 3, the Limiting Factor submersible freed and recovered a Five Deeps Expedition scientific lander that had got stuck at the bottom of Challenger Deep in a previous dive.

Sir David Attenborough, a naturalist and wildlife campaigner, reacted to Vescovo's unsavory find at the bottom of the Mariana Trench by calling plastic in the sea an "unfolding catastrophe" that we "ignore at our peril".

Vescovo says, "It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did".

The diver spotted candy wrappers and plastic bags lying on the seabed - at almost 11 kilometers of depth.

The ocean depths represent some of the least explored and remote places on the planet. Victor is the third person to have dived to the deepest point in the ocean, known as Challenger Deep. Film director James Cameron also made a second dive into the trench 2012.

Victor Vescovo journeyed 35,853 feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deep as part of a mission to chart the world's deepest underwater places, CNN reported.

The dive was part of the The Five Deeps Expedition, a project sponsored by Caladan Oceanic, a private marine-technology development company owned by Vescovo, attempting to explore the deepest regions of each of the world's five oceans, according to The Five Deeps Expedition's website.

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.

The global Five Deeps expedition has successfully completed the deepest submarine dive in history. On one occasion he spent four hours on the floor of the trench, viewing sea life ranging from shrimp-like anthropods with long legs and antennae to translucent "sea pigs" similar to a sea cucumber.