Monday Jun 15, 2020
Pakistan's Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa O’Brien took the country's flag to the deepest point in the ocean named "Challenger Deep", at 10,925 meters, in the Mariana Trench, read a statement.
The point in the ocean is so deep that if the Everest is put there it will still be 2km under the water.
During this descent, she became the first woman to reach earth’s highest and lowest points, a Guinness World Record, and one she shares with Victor Vescovo, the submersible pilot of her dive.
The primary purpose of exploring the “Challenger Deep” is to map the eastern seabed, collect water and rock samples, and to take scientific measurements.
High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK, Nafees Zakaria, congratulated O’Brien, who became the first British or American woman to conquer the highest peak of Karakoram K-2 Pakistan in 2017, on her successful mission to “Challenger Deep”.
Zakaria said the government and the people of Pakistan were “proud” of O’Brien’s achievement.
The goodwill ambassador was presented a ceremonial flag of Pakistan by OBE Hon. Cdr Royal Navy, Durdana Ansari, on behalf of the High Commissioner, which O'Brien displayed at her destination located about 200 miles southwest of Guam. She took a smaller Pakistan flag down in the submersible with her.
In a joint statement today, Durdana said, “I feel absolutely honoured to be part of this expedition, and proud to bear witness to this historic event. I hope this flag’s incredible journey to this extraordinary place brings good luck for Pakistan.”
“It is an honour to carry the Pakistani flag on this journey. Oceans are cleansing, churning, constantly renewing, and incredibly strong. Just like Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad,” she added.