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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Deep waters


It's a star show at 2,000ft, says record diver
By Francis Harris in Washington
(Filed: 19/08/2006)

A US Navy diver wearing a heavily armoured suit has plunged 2,000ft below the sea's surface.
In a feat which reads like a Jules Verne adventure, chief navy diver Daniel Jackson donned the bulky 1,000lb aluminium diving costume and slipped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off California.
Jackson described the dive to almost twice the previous record depth as an extraordinary experience. "At 2,000ft I had topside turn off all the lights and it was like a star show," he said. "The phosphorescence that was naturally in the water and in most of life down there started to glow.
"When I started to travel back up, all the lights looked like a shower of stars going downwards. It was the best ride in the world."
Cdr Keith Lehnhardt said the Canadian-built ADS 2000 suit was designed for submarine rescue missions. It had taken 11 years to develop, with work being accelerated after the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk in 2000 with the loss of her 118-man crew.
Daily Telegraph

2 Comments:

Blogger knarf said...

Yay Canada!

2:10 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Hey, this might be just the thing to shoot Niagara Falls in !!! :)

2:26 PM  

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