Jul 18, 2023

By Christine Ross

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Canadian film director and conservationist James Cameron is at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society talking about his deep sea exploration missions.

The 68-year-old Oscar winner is at in Ottawa for the launch of an exhibit about his feats of deep-sea exploration where he took part in a conversation with his long-time mentor Joe MacInnis.

Cameron commented on the recent submersible tragedy that killed five calling the explosion extremely rare by pointing to a half a century perfect safety record of deep sea exploration and 15 years of accident-free tourism sub dives.

“It’s the responsibility of anyone designing a machine, especially one that a human being is getting into, but even one that we’re not where we’re pouring millions of dollars of effort and energy and maybe taking up scientific grant money that deprives somebody else to access, it’s our responsibility as engineers to test, test, test don’t just guess that it’s going to work,” Cameron told reporters.

Cameron expects new regulations will emerge following the tragedy much like what happened after the Titanic went down in 1912 when new rules were created covering everything from life boats to passengers and navigation.

The Ottawa exhibit features Cameron’s “Deepsea Challenger” submersible he piloted to the Mariana Trench in 2012.

“PRESSURE – James Cameron into the Abyss” is free from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays until September 1st.

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