An internationally renowned explorers’ club has paid tribute to a Midland diver who died during a dangerous underwater filming mission.
Carl Spencer, 37, suffered an attack of the bends while diving on the shipwreck of the Titanic’s sister ship The Britannic in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Greece on May 24.
The father-of-two, from King’s Bromley, Staffordshire, was just a few days into a month-long television project for the National Geographic when the tragedy happened.
Now he is set to be honoured by New York-based group The Explorers Club, whose notable former members include the first man to conquer Mount Everest Sir Edmund Hillary.
In a statement the club said: “Carl Spencer was a highly regarded member of The Explorers Club, an international society of professional explorers founded in 1904 and based in New York City.
“Our members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts – first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the Moon – often carrying one of 202 specially numbered club flags, each with its own unique history.
“As recognition for his significant accomplishments as an explorer and the extreme difficulty of his expedition, Carl had been awarded the privilege of carrying The Explorers Club flag to the Britannic.
“Now the club is considering an appropriate way to permanently pay tribute to Carl’s outstanding achievements and his substantial contributions to exploration.
“Flag number 68, which has twice voyaged aboard the Space Shuttle and travelled with Carl and his team to the Britannic, will now be retired permanently and enshrined in his name at The Explorers Club headquarters in New York. A fitting tribute to a genuinely world-class explorer.”
Dr Panayiotis Bouras, who worked on the dive, said: “Carl was an exceptional man, an exceptional father and husband. I do not believe there was another diver like him. He was a leader in deep-sea diving. It has been a great opportunity to work with Carl.”