FALCO, Albert

France (1927-2012)

Last updated: March 31, 2020 at 3:51 am

Longtime captain of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s flagship Calypso; expedition leader; made his first open-circuit dives at Sormiou with the Commeinhes apparatus in 1942; world’s first multi-day aquanaut with Claude Wesly (Diogènes | Conshelf I, 1962); first diver to pilot Cousteau’s mini-sub SP-350, the Soucoupe (a.k.a. Denise); spent over 20,000 hours underwater between 1952 and 1990, and then hundreds more while sport diving until just days before his death, including many dives in Martinique with his friend Michel Météry; a.k.a. Bébert and Le dieu de l’eau (the God of Water).

NOGI Award (Distinguished Service, 1999)

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