ALPHONSE ISLAND, Seychelles — A British-led marine scientific mission off the Seychelles succeeded on Thursday in retrieving a key underwater drone from the sea bed, where it had fallen after its cable was cut two days ago.
The camera-carrying drone is a vital piece of equipment for the Nekton Mission scientists as they explore the Indian Ocean depths. Two recovery attempts on Wednesday failed.
Pilot Jimmy Boesen called the success a welcome relief after two sleepless nights: “The mission is 50 percent not done if we didn’t get it done. So it’s a good one.”
The loss of the Remotely Operated Vehicle, capable of reaching a depth of 500 meters (1,640 feet), had caused scientific data collection to stop while efforts focused on its retrieval.
The mission is on an unprecedented exploration of the Indian Ocean to document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions