James Cameron completes deepest ocean dive

Avatar director successfully descends more than seven miles into Pacific Ocean

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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.

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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.”

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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.