'Debris Field' Discovered in Search for Missing Titanic Submarine with Five On Board, US Coast Guard Reports

'Debris Field' Discovered in Search for Missing Titanic Submarine with Five On Board, US Coast Guard Reports
Published 4 months ago on Jun 22, 2023

The submersible named Titan, belonging to OceanGate, disappeared while descending 12,500 feet to the Titanic wreckage on Sunday, with five individuals on board.

According to the US Coast Guard, experts are currently evaluating the information after a robot searching the seabed located the debris field. This discovery brings a glimmer of hope in the frantic race against time to locate the sub.

Rescue efforts have been underway around the clock as search crews desperately scour the Atlantic for the vessel. Communication with the sub was lost on Sunday, leaving only 96 hours of life support remaining. Among the individuals trapped in the sub are OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, Hamish Harding, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his 19-year-old son, Sulema.

The US Coast Guard warned that the oxygen supply was expected to deplete by 12:08 PM BST (7:08 AM ET) today, implying that the crew may now be without breathable air. The situation grows increasingly critical as humans can only survive for a few minutes without oxygen.

Rescue teams are deploying underwater robots in hopes of a last-minute miracle. The sub failed to resurface on Sunday afternoon, with the final communication, a "ping" to the mothership Polar Prince, indicating its proximity to the wreckage. However, authorities were not notified until 12:40 PM BST (5:40 ET), eight hours after contact was lost.

The detection of banging sounds underwater on Wednesday raised hopes for a potential rescue. Additional rescue ships equipped with advanced undersea search technology rushed to join the mission, offering the best chance for locating the lost sub.

The US Coast Guard confirmed that a robot deployed by the Canadian vessel Horizon Arctic has reached the seabed and commenced its search for the missing sub. Furthermore, RAF and USAF cargo planes are en route to St John's, Canada, transporting a specialized ultra-deep submersible nicknamed Juliet. This vehicle, accompanied by a 10-person crew of expert operators and equipped with 6 km of armoured steel cable, will assist in the recovery mission.

While questions have arisen regarding the delay in notifying the Coast Guard about the sub's disappearance, the focus remains on locating the crew members alive. Family members of those trapped on board are anxiously monitoring the ongoing operation. Rescue teams continue their tireless efforts, refusing to give up hope until the point of impossibility.

The sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage in 1912 resulted in the loss of over 1,500 lives. The decaying wreckage of the 822-foot liner was discovered in 1985, and efforts to explore and understand the historic site have continued ever since.


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