It’s April 2019, and an expedition team awaits news from its submersible, which is miles down in the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, they hear the voice of explorer Victor Vescovo. He’s telling them, “At bottom.” And these two words confirm that the daredevil has gone further down beneath the waves than any person in history.
As the submersible settled in the cloud of sediment it had stirred up at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Vescovo marked the end of a long dive. So long, in fact, that he now held the record for the world’s deepest descent. Indeed, at 36,000 feet, he was nearly 7,000 feet lower than Mount Everest is high.