June 30th, 2015: time is running out. Day five of a week-long expedition and the too-swift current still carries considerable risk. The Aegean Sea is a magical turquoise that inspires a vision of Neptune rising, but that tranquil scenery belies what is happening beneath us. Placement of our diving vessel, the U-Boat Navigator, is crucial and we cheer as the mark we are waiting for appears on the sonar. We are directly above the wreck of the HMHS Britannic, Titanic’s sister ship, sunk by a German mine a century earlier.
Each diver is lost in intense concentration, carefully loading equipment onto their backs: closed-circuit rebreathers slung with extra gas tanks, buoyancy vests, dive computers, camera gear and more. Four of the world’s greatest underwater explorers, Edoardo Pavia, Michael Barnette, Evan Kovacs and Richie Kohler, each carry 250lbs on their backs, but it’s a small weight to bear against the unshakable heft of remorse, guilt, fear, and responsibility.
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