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Record-Breaking Submersible Dive in the Bahamas

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Talk about a deep dive! On April 25, the Titan submersible broke a deep-sea diving record by transporting a crew of four on an abyssal descent to 12,336-feet (2.3 miles) approximately 10 nautical miles offshore of Great Abaco, Bahamas. The Titan was built by OceanGate, an Everett, Washington-based company that develops technologies and designs submersibles for underwater exploration and is the only craft of its kind capable of carrying a crew of five beyond 9800-feet.

“Through the innovative use of materials and technology, we are opening the ocean to human exploration,” says Stockton Rush, OceanGate’s founder and chief executive officer. “Titan is lighter in weight and carries more people than any other deep diving manned submersible making it cost effective to transport anywhere in the world and deploy from locally available vessels in turn making deep ocean exploration more accessible to researchers, scientists, and explorers.”

Stockton adds that the Titan is the only manned submersible being used in the Caribbean for deep ocean exploration to depths of over 13,000 feet. Other manned submersibles capable of diving to this depth are government owned and/or not available for exploration expeditions. Stanley Submarines in Honduras and Substation Curacao have submersibles for tourism and custom projects at depths of less than 2000 feet. Long-term, OceanGate is developing expeditions around the globe, including the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South Pacific. www.oceangate.com 

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.

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