The accomplishments of a team of deep-sea explorers, including one Escondido resident, will be remembered Saturday in Mission Valley during a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the deepest dive on record. The Trieste dove 35,840 feet below the surface on Jan. 23, 1960 - or nearly seven miles - a depth that has never been duplicated for a manned dive. Only two unmanned dives have replicated the accomplishment since then.
"It was considered very dangerous in its day,"said Joe Hughes, whose company, Hydro Products, built much of the technology used on the Trieste, an untethered submersible called a bathyscaph that was designed for deep-sea dives.
Hughes helped organize the 50th anniversary event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center in Mission Valley. Registration already is closed for the celebration.
"This is a gathering of old-timers who worked miracles in undersea exploration 50 years ago," Hughes said this week.
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