Found trash at the bottom in the Mariana Trench, Deepest ever dive made by man into the Mariana trench unearths plastic. Victor Vescovo’s dive went 52 feet (16 meters) lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960. Decades of plastic use worldwide leading to unprecedented levels of trash being dumped into the water; Jonathan Hunt reports from Seal Beach, California.
During a four-hour exploration of the Mariana Trench, retired naval officer Victor Vescovo piloted his submarine to 10,927 meters (35,849 feet) below the sea’s surface, making it the deepest dive on record. The Mariana Trench is in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippines and south of Japan.
The latest dive reached a greater depth than either of the previous manned visits to the trench, including James Cameron’s 2012 Deepsea Challenger mission (10,908m) and the US Navy’s 1960 mission using the Trieste “bathyscaphe” which held the record of 10,912m until the latest achievement.
This isn’t a one-off dive either, Vescovo has made four dives over the last three weeks into the Mariana Trench to collect various biological and rock samples. He is the third to attempt the descent, the last being Canadian film maker James Cameron in 2012 and before that, the US Navy in 1960. Vescovo’s dive was the deepest on record.