Filmmaker James Cameron has scaled new heights by hitting rock bottom.
The director of ‘Titanic’ has completed the world’s first solo dive to the deepest-known point on Earth. He spent some three hours exploring the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean in a specially designed submarine, at a depth of some 11 kilometres.
Describing his ‘fantastic voyage’, an exhilirated Cameron said: “Man, this is a long way down, when you go past Titanic, and then you go past Bismarck (levels at which those shipwrecks lie), and then you go where the MIRS (submersibles) can go… and then you are still only half way there… two thirds of the way there, it’s crazy.”
Cameron guided the Deepsea Challenger along the trench bottom, collecting samples for scientific research. His return journey to the surface took around 70 minutes.
Two divers reached the same spot once before in 1960, but Cameron’s was the first solo voyage.
James Cameron goes solo to go so low