Last August, I sat in a small black inflatable boat prepping equipment on a gently-rolling Arctic sea just below 80 degrees North. “How long will the descent be?”, asked one of my colleagues. “About an hour and a half”, I replied; “It’s a shallow dive, only about five and a half thousand meters…” We stopped ourselves and laughed – when did 5,500 meters become a ‘shallow dive?’
EYOS Expeditions has announced the successful completion of the Five Deeps Expedition, named as the most ambitious exploration expedition of the century. The primary purpose of the expedition was to conduct manned dives to the deepest point of each of the world’s five oceans and conduct scientific discovery along the way.
Java Trench Dive Completed; 3rd of the Five Deeps Expedition Sets Records, Potentially Discovers New Species
For the third time, the Five Deeps Expedition has successfully dived to the previously-unvisited bottom of one of the world’s five oceans. The team completed a mission to reach one of the most isolated points on the planet: the deepest point of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean.
The Five Deeps Expedition crosses another historic dive off its list when explorer Victor Vescovo became the first human to dive to the deepest point in the Southern Ocean – in the southern portion of the South Sandwich Trench – at 7,433.6 meters/24,388 feet in his private submersible, the Limiting Factor.
After three years of intensive efforts from some of the world’s leading expedition experts, oceanographers, submarine engineers, and scientists, the Five Deeps Expedition is launching.