We love a world record in Dubai, and Captain Hamish Harding is the latest to get a world record after he made it to the world’s lowest point.
Safely contained inside a Deep Submersible vessel, Hamish and his team broke the record for the greatest distance a person can travel in the depths of the ocean.
The Challenger Deep operation took Hamish to the depths of the Mariana Trench which is 11km deep and the world’s lowest point. Or to put it another way, the same height as 13 Burj Khalifas. The dive took place in a custom-built Triton submersible, DSV Limiting Factor, a two-person submarine that can withstand pressures up to 100,000 tonnes. That’s the same as the weight of 50 planes.
And incredibly, he found life down there in the seawater under incredible pressure and with zero sunlight.
Hamish is now one of just 18 people who have ever dived that deep. Which is a pretty cool club to be part of!
“I have always been inspired by the spirit of adventure and exploration in the Emirates, as this country gives you a feeling that anything is possible, and I am proud to represent the country as the first person from the Middle East, to sink to the lowest point on Earth,” said Hamish.
“As an adventurer and an exploration lover, I want this campaign to contribute to enriching our shared knowledge and understanding of planet Earth,” he added.
Then again, Hamish has a thing for world-records. In 2019 he broke the Round-the-World record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles.
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