Mariana Trench: Record-breaking journey to the bottom of the ocean

Explorer reaches deepest spot on Earth in historic dive

'Unprecedented': Dallas businessman Victor Vescovo completes deepest ocean dive by any human in history

Explorer and businessman Victor Vescovo descended 35,853 feet (10,927 meters) into the Pacific Ocean, breaking the record for deepest dive ever.

His latest dive went 16 metres lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960.

Vescovo's journey was filmed for Discovery Channel and has been dubbed the "Five Deeps Expedition".

Vescovo, a private equity investor who climbed the world's highest peaks before taking on the world's deepest ocean depths, funded the diving expedition into the Mariana Trench himself, according to the BBC.

The Limiting Factor submersible found its way to the deepest point on the planet, and some trash.

Between 28 April and 5 May 2019, the Limiting Factor completed four dives to the bottom of Challenger Deep and one final dive on 7 May 2019 to the Sirena Deep which is also in the Mariana Trench, approximately 128 miles to the northeast.

After spending hours crisscrossing the bottom of the Challenger Deep, collecting video evidence of different wildlife, geological formations and man-made objects, Vescovo stopped for a second.

Canadian filmmaker James Cameron was the last to visit the location in 2012 in his submarine, when he reached a depth of 10,908 metres.

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According to CBS, the first deep dive into the Mariana Trench was in 1960, when US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard ventured into the deep abyss of the Pacific Ocean.

As well as four new species that could offer clues about the origins of life on Earth, Vescovo observed a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the deepest point on the planet.

The Mariana Trench is a deep and long hole in the Pacific Ocean floor between Japan and Australia.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, but Vescovo is quick to point out their achievement was far greater than his in reaching the deepest place on Earth.

In addition to discovering at least three new species of marine animals during the dive series, including a shrimp-like crustacean known as an amphipod, the team also discovered what appears to be a plastic bag at the bottom of the ocean.

"It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did", Mr Vescovo told BBC News.

An American diver has found a plastic bag almost seven miles beneath the surface of the ocean, during a record-breaking dive. "This submarine and its mother ship, along with its extraordinarily talented expedition team, took marine technology to an unprecedented new level by diving - rapidly and repeatedly - into the deepest, harshest area of the ocean".

Millions of tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year, but little is known about where a lot of it ends up. The group is using a submersible called Limiting Factor to complete its challenge.

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