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A British scientist and her American pilot made an emergency ascent from 100 meters (328 feet) beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday after smoke filled the cockpit of their submersible.
The pair with the British-led Nekton Mission investigating climate change off the Seychelles was safe and recovering on the mother ship. An electrical fire was being investigated.
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The mission said it expected to be back in the water on Wednesday, adding that emergency procedures had worked well.
The sub was off Aldabra Island when pilot Robert Carmichael smelled smoke and immediately began to ascend. He told The Associated Press he quickly fitted breathing masks to his passenger, Molly Rivers, and himself. He began an emergency rise to the surface as the oxygen indicator fell to zero.
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"It's the greatest fear: fire inside the cockpit. Your greatest fear. Where are you going to go?" Carmichael said.
A member of the sub's support team said it took 23 minutes to reach the surface.
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