Footage Reveals Titanic Submarine's Final Descent to Wreck
The minivan-sized craft, carrying a crew of five, is reported to have only a few hours of oxygen remaining.
Abbi Jackson, a 22-year-old videographer working on the OceanGate Expedition's mothership, Polar Prince, has garnered viral attention following the disappearance of the Titan submersible. Three days ago, she posted a selfie video showing the sub just seconds before submerging at approximately 8 a.m.
In the video, Abbi can be seen smiling and saying, "Watching a submarine go down to the Titanic." Viewers have expressed a mix of emotions, with one person stating, "The fact that this might be the last video of this sub and the last moments of the lives of those that may be in that sub... goosebumps."
Abbi's other posts also include footage of Titanic expert and French explorer Paul Henri Nargeolet boarding an inflatable raft. She added, "This man has seen the Titanic 37 times." Mr. Nargeolet is among the five individuals aboard the missing sub, along with OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British billionaire Hamish Harding, businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his son Sulaiman.
Approximately one hour and 45 minutes into the dive, contact was lost with the sub's mothership, Polar Prince. Since the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the incident, an extensive search and rescue operation has been underway.
Sonar buoys detected "banging sounds" at 30-minute intervals on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, but efforts to locate the source of the noises using remote-controlled underwater search vehicles have been unsuccessful. Officials caution that the sounds may not have originated from the Titan.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Coast Guard Captain Jamie Frederick expressed hope, stating, "When you're in the middle of a search-and-rescue case, you always have hope. With respect to the noises specifically, we don't know what they are."