Ocean mission's emergency ascent caused by motor burning out

phys.org | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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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 on Wednesday.

Oliver Steeds told The Associated Press that the burnout produced an acrid smell of smoke which triggered the pilot's emergency response.

Dive - Steeds

"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.

Sub - Water - Wednesday - Tests - Carmichael

The two-person sub returned to the water on Wednesday for tests. With Carmichael and Steeds on board, it dived to 80 meters for roughly two hours and returned to the surface without incident.

The submersible is a key part of the Nekton Mission, an unprecedented,...
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