China eyes world's deepest dive in manned submersible

By REUTERS
July 26, 2011 11:12

 
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BEIJING - Chinese scientists aim to complete the world's deepest dive in a manned submersible in 2012 by going to 7,000 meters (22,966 ft) beneath the sea after a successful test dive in the Pacific Ocean, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

The Jiaolong, named after a mythical Chinese sea dragon, reached 5,057 meters (16,591 ft) in a dive in international waters in the Pacific in the early hours of Tuesday, Xinhua said.

"Such a depth means the Jiaolong is capable of reaching over 70 percent of the seabeds in the world," it quoted head of the diving operation Wang Fei as saying.

The current record holder is Japan's Shinkai 6500, which dived to 6,527 meters (21,414 ft) in August 1989.

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