Summary of “Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea”

By the time Vescovo contacted him, Lahey had piloted more than sixty submersibles on several thousand dives.
Vescovo flew to the Bahamas, and Lahey took him for a test dive in Triton’s flagship submersible, which has three seats and is rated to a depth of thirty-three hundred feet.
Buckle had asked Vescovo to buy a larger A-frame-one that was “Man-rated” by a certification agency, so that they could launch the submersible, which weighs around twenty-six thousand pounds, with the pilot inside and the hatch secured.
At 2:55 P.M., Victor Vescovo became the first person to reach the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean, eight thousand three hundred and seventy-six metres.
She graduated at sea while mapping Vescovo’s dive location in the Puerto Rico Trench.
The ship could still receive Vescovo’s transmissions, but Vescovo couldn’t hear the replies.
It is customary to abort a dive thirty minutes after losing communications, but Vescovo knew that he might never have another chance to reach the bottom of the Southern Ocean, so he kept going.
Outside the viewports, Vescovo saw amphipods and sea cucumbers.

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