Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses $8 Million Submersible Vehicle

Nereus's mission was to undertake high-risk, high-reward research in the deepest parts of Earth's ocean where pressure on the vehicle can be as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch. Photo /Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Nereus’s mission was to undertake high-risk, high-reward research in the deepest parts of Earth’s ocean where pressure on the vehicle can be as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch. Photo /Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

CapeCodOnline: An $8 million unmanned research submersible from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution went missing Saturday afternoon [May 10] off the coast of New Zealand, scientists said.

A portion of the submarine Nereus is believed to have imploded under pressure as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch while it was exploring the Kermadec Trench northwest of New Zealand, according to a statement released by WHOI. The autonomous vehicle was 6.2 miles below the surface of the ocean when it disappeared.

Read more about the loss of the submersible vehicle off New Zealand.

Read the news release from WHOI.