After long, sun-hot days on the Mermaid Sapphire and late-night conversations with captain Stu Buckle and his crew, the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition team have come to understand an essential truth:
“Abort the dive.”
When I heard these words as I entered the sub hanger, it was clear something was very wrong. “We just got word from the airport. The helicopter has gone down. Andrew and Mike were inside,” Jim said. He struggled for the next words.