24 August 2012; a team of deep divers, led by Barry McGill dived down to the bow of the wreck of the Empress of Britain in 163m sea water. Four divers completed 16 minutes bottom time - giving only 9.5 minutes on the wreck itself and 4.75 hours of decompression - for a total run time of circa. 5 hours.
Three divers used scooters and Inspiration Vision rebreathers made by Ambient Pressure Diving. One diver used a rEvo rebreather.
At over 42,000 tons, the luxury ocean liner, Empress of Britain was almost as large as Titanic. The Empress was bombed by German aircraft and was on fire for two days before being torpedoed and sunk by U-32, in 1940. She now stands over 20 metres high above the seabed, completely upside down… except for the bow, which lies on its port side.
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