It’s amazing how stories like this leap out at me since I wrote a novel set on an ocean world:
The world’s first personal submarines have been launched with a price tag of £65,000.
Dutch designers claim the subs will make owners feel like they are “flying through the water”.
The one-seater version is 9ft long, and the 11ft model seats two. Owners who really want to impress can get go-faster stripes and custom paint jobs.
The tiny C-Quester can dive to 50 metres and cruise beneath the waves at up to four knots using electric-propelled thrusters.
It can stay underwater for two-and-ahalf hours straight or 36 hours in the event of an emergency.
The vessel’s high-strength pressure hull allows the pilot to submerge in a totally dry cockpit and surface straight from the maximum depth without risk of decompression problems.