Titanic director James Cameron has become the first solo diver to reach Earth’s deepest point, having used a specially designed submarine to plunge seven miles down into the Pacific Ocean.
His dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Australian-made Deepsea Challenger, which can withstand 1,000 atmospheres of pressure, took two hours.
After arriving at the bottom of the Trench, he tweeted: “Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you.”
Cameron then spent around three hours exploring and filming the ocean floor before beginning his return to the surface, where a medical team waited to greet him.
While there has been no news regarding Cameron’s wellbeing, Joe MacInnis, a physician attached to the expedition, told National Geographic News before the dive: “Jim is going to be a little bit stiff and sore from the cramped position, but he’s in really good shape for his age, so I don’t expect any problems at all.”
Before the journey, Cameron described making the dive as “the fulfilment of a dream” and said: “I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction at a time when people were living a science fiction reality.
“People were going to the Moon, and Cousteau was exploring the ocean. And that’s what I grew up with, what I valued from my childhood.”
Before Cameron’s dive, the only other people to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench were Swiss engineer Jacques Picard and US navy captain Dan Walsh, who made a similar voyage in 1960.