Richard Branson is preparing for a mission to visit the depths of the Atlantic Puerto Rico Trench.
Hot on the heels of Titanic director James Cameron who recently visited the Marianas Trench, Branson insists that his journey will prove even more thrilling than Cameron's. "The Puerto Rico Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall, and it is completely unexplored," he said. "There are numerous Spanish and British galleons which have gone down there, so we would hope to be able to explore those. There are lots of different big creatures too."
Branson intends to launch his mission in about four months and says that he isn't jealous of the fact that Cameron beat him to it. "It was obviously a very historic day and actually an important day, a fantastic example of human endeavour and determination," he said.
"Mr Cameron this week made the first solo dive to the depths of the Marianas Trench, seven miles under the surface of the earth, trumping Sir Richard who has been developing his own deep sea craft for a number of years."
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