Submariner's big adventure

A B.C. submariner is leading an expedition to the mysterious Great Blue Hole.

Erika Bergman of West Vancouver is heading to Belize to investigate the sinkhole, which is so large it can be seen from space.

She'll pilot a Stingray 500 sub developed in Vancouver by Aquatica Submarine.

"We're taking the opportunity to go and see not only what's at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, but also to map it in insanely high definition sonar, which is really exciting," Bergman told CTV.

"I'm a National Geographic explorer and a submarine pilot. I have been for almost 10 years, and my expeditions have taken me all over the world," she said.

Fabian Cousteau, grandson of legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, will also take part in the adventure.

"When you pitch someone like Sir Richard Branson with an idea so exciting as diving to the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, it was an easy as a phone call," Bergman said.

The event will be broadcast live on Discovery Channel on Dec. 2.

– with files from CTV Vancouver


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