A drama in which a submersible made an emergency ascent from 250 meters (820 feet) below the Indian Ocean was caused by condensation burning out a small motor in the cockpit, the director of the British-led Nekton Mission said.
Oliver Steeds told Media that the burnout produced an acrid smell of smoke which triggered the pilot’s emergency response.
“That’s all now been fixed so we’re confident now to undertake a dive,” Steeds said.
The American pilot, Robert Carmichael, and the passenger, British scientist Molly Rivers, donned breathing apparatus as the vessel neared the surface. Neither was hurt in Tuesday’s incident during a dive off the Seychelles.
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