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Diver finds plastic bag on ocean floor during deepest dive ever

Explorer reaches deepest spot on Earth in historic dive Explorer reaches deepest spot on Earth in historic dive
Patty Aguilar | 14 May, 2019, 16:21

Vescovo, who has been on a years-long journey to reach the deepest points in each of the planet's five oceans, spent more than four hours in the basin of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the ocean.

With his dives, Vescovo became the first person to have been to the summit of Mount Everest, been to the deepest recessPatrick Lahey, President of Triton Submarineses of the ocean, and skied to both the North and South poles.

On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a United States explorer saw something he could have found in the gutter of almost any street in the world: rubbish. His team said he set a new record for the deepest solo dive in history, venturing to depths of 35,853 feet. Humanity's waste had reached the deepest parts of the sea floor.

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.

Scientist now plan to test the creatures they found for the presence of micro-plastics in their anatomies.

In among the prawn-like creatures, diver Victor Vescovo also found pollution.

His dive took him 16 metres lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960.

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US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard made the first dive to the bottom of the trench in 1960.

Vescovo hopes his discovery of trash in the Mariana Trench will raise awareness of how much is dumped in the oceans, and will pressure governments to better enforce existing regulations, or put new ones in place.

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

After the conclusion of the dives, the submersible - built to withstand 1000 bars of pressure - will be given to researchers at science institutions to continue exploring the ocean's depths. Canadian movie maker James Cameron was the last to visit in 2012 in his submarine, reaching a depth of 35,787 feet (10,908 meters). Previously, he climbed the highest peaks on each of the planet's seven continents.

Diving isn't Vescovo's only passion- he's also a climber. Over the past six months, Vescovo's expedition conducted dives in the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean and the Java Trench in Indian Ocean.

"Our team had to pioneer new camera systems that could be mounted on the submersible, operate at up to 10,000m below sea level and work with robotic landers with camera systems that would allow us to film Victor's submersible on the bottom of the ocean".

Images from the fourth of The Five Deeps dive to Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean.

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