Director has Cornish firm to thank

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James Cameron’s dramatic plunge to the deepest place in the ocean would not have been possible without the key role played by a Cornish company.

The Hollywood director resurfaced this morning having spent three hours on the floor of the Mariana Trench, some seven miles beneath the western Pacific.

And the life support system for Cameron’s submarine – Deepsea Challenger – was supplied and developed by Helston-based Ambient Pressure Diving (APD).

“Our job was to design and manufacture the complete automatic life support system in the submarine,” said MD Martin Parker.

“I am very honoured to be part of the build team, and exceedingly proud of our in-house engineers and development team here in Helston.”

APD stayed in daily contact with the Deepsea Challenger team as it prepared for the dive and received live confirmation of the successful completion of the mission off the coast of Guam, in the early hours of this morning.