Director James Cameron Sets New Dive Record

The Marianas Trench off the coast of Guam is the deepest point on earth, seven miles under the surface of the ocean, and on Sunday movie director James Cameron set a new dive record by becoming the first man to do a solo dive in a special submarine to the bottom of the trench.

At the same depth that an airliner’s altitude would be when flying above the earth, Cameron patrolled around the trench bottom for 3 and half hours alone at 35,756 feet under the waves. His trip was shorter then the 6 hours that he planned on staying down but it was a successful dive.

“Cameron collected samples for research in marine biology, microbiology, astrobiology, marine geology and geophysics,” the National Geographic Society said.

Cameron who has been a oceanography enthusiast since childhood has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives. He had a trial run in the Deepsea Challenger submersible back on March 7th when he made a solo dive to the bottom 5 mile deep New Britain Trench

During his Marianas Trench he was also able to catch about 2 and a half hours of footage and stills and found time to post a message on his Twitter account.

“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 @DeepChallenge,” Cameron Tweeted.

After his faster then excepted surfacing which took 70 minutes it was not determined was physical toll the dive took on the 57-year-old’s body after being under such pressure at that depth, but a medical team was present when he and the submersible where pulled aboard a surface vessel with a crane.

“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,” said MacInnis, a long-time Cameron friend, according to National Geographic.

A video conference with Cameron was planned for later in the day on Monday.

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