John Bennett (diver)

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John Bennett (1959–2004) was a British scuba diver who is best known for setting a world record by becoming the first person to deep dive below a depth of 300 m (1,000 ft) on self-contained breathing apparatus on 6 November 2001.[1][2]

Bennett founded Atlantis Tech at the Atlantis dive resort in the Philippines.[3]

In the early 2000s, Bennett and Ron Loos made the first dives to the MV Princess of the Orient wreck site in Manila Bay.[4][5]

In 2001, he located the wreck of the Imperial Japanese Navy dreadnought Yamashiro through sound scans, but could not confirm it before his death. Confirmation was not made until 2017.

Death[edit]

John Bennett Memorial Port Douglas Cemetery.
John Bennett Memorial Port Douglas Cemetery.

John Bennett was missing, presumed dead on 15 March 2004 in a commercial diving incident in Korea.[6] He was declared legally dead in 2006, but the body has never been recovered.[7] Bennett was survived by his wife Gabby and their two children, Joshua and Katie.[8][9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "A journey to 308 metres". Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  2. ^ Gomes, Nuno (2009-06-14). "A brief history of deep technical diving in the last 20 years". Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  3. ^ staff. "History Of Atlantis Tech". Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  4. ^ Stieglitz, Guy (September 2003). "25 minutes at 122m". Sport Diver Magazine (UK).
  5. ^ Taylor, Mike; Reed, Matt. "Projects: Princess of the Orient". Triton Oceanic Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  6. ^ James, Malcolm (2004-03-17). "Technical Diving pioneer John Bennett missing". Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  7. ^ "Renowned technical diver John Bennett declared legally dead". CDNN.info. 2006. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  8. ^ daz. "John Bennett - YD group donation". Yorkshire-Divers.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  9. ^ Zimmermann, Tim (August 1, 2005). "Raising the Dead". Outside Magazine.

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