South Cheshire College level three engineering students plunged to new depths with an underwater camera capsule.

The group of 15 learners designed and built the capsule in college as part of a design and manufacture module and headed to Lake Wastwater, in the Lake District, to test it out.

A camera placed inside took a series of images of the bottom of the 270 foot deep lake, with help from an on-board torch which lit up the under-water darkness. The students also measured temperature, pressure and light intensity underneath the lake’s surface using sensors attached to the capsule.

One of the learners Martin Quinn, aged 21, said: “This has been such a great project to be involved in and it has taken our mechanical engineering skills to a whole new level.”

Picture caption: Engineering student Martin Quinn with the capsule