Race to Find Missing Titanic Tourist Submarine as Search Intensifies
The voyage, costing £200,000 per person, has raised concerns as rescue teams work tirelessly to locate the submarine.
The US Coast Guard has confirmed that five individuals were on the sub when it vanished. The Titanic wreckage, resting at a depth of over 12,400 feet in the icy waters of the North Atlantic for the past 111 years, has attracted companies like OceanGate, offering exclusive trips to witness the ruins. OceanGate has initiated a major search mission in hopes of ensuring the safe return of the crew.
Tickets for tourists to visit the Titanic wreckage, located approximately 600km off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, can cost up to £195,000. OceanGate previously revealed its use of Elon Musk's Starlink network for communication with the vessel, although it remains unclear what may have gone wrong with the network.
The missing sub, named Titan, has the capacity to accommodate one pilot and four others, with enough oxygen to last 96 hours. OceanGate's spokesperson expressed their utmost concern for the crew and their families, stating that every possible option is being explored to ensure their safe return. The company has received extensive support from government agencies and deep-sea companies in their efforts to reestablish contact with the submersible.
Rescue prospects are grim due to the depth of the wreckage, which exceeds 12,000 feet. While Britain, France, and Norway operate Nato's global submarine rescue service, it can only operate at depths of up to 2,000 feet. The Nato submarine rescue system can be transported by air and loaded onto a mothership at the nearest port to the distressed sub.
Family and friends of the missing crew have reached out to the public, requesting prayers for their safe return. The news has prompted an outpouring of support, with many individuals expressing their concern and asking for divine intervention.
The British explorer and businessman, Hamish Harding, who serves as a mission specialist on the OceanGate expedition, confirmed his involvement in the search. The vessel departed from St Johns in Newfoundland, and the team planned to begin the dive at 4 am local time on Sunday. Harding emphasized the team's preparation and briefings before embarking on the mission.
OceanGate aims to provide tourists with an extraordinary opportunity to step outside their everyday lives and explore something truly remarkable. The founder and CEO of OceanGate, Stockton Rush, describes Titan as the only five-person sub capable of reaching the depth of the Titanic wreck. The sub's advanced technology, including touch screens and computers, allows passengers to become immersed in the experience while ensuring their safety.
The ill-fated voyage of the Titanic in 1912 claimed over 1,500 lives, with the ship sinking after colliding with an iceberg. Despite its discovery in 1985, the wreckage remains largely inaccessible due to its depth and challenging conditions. However, recent high-resolution 3D scans of the wreck have provided unprecedented insight into the iconic disaster, offering the potential for new discoveries.
The construction of the Titanic, a luxurious passenger liner, took under three years and cost around £1.5 million at the time. Today, the equivalent cost would be approximately £170 million. The ship's tragic history and enduring allure continue to captivate the world, fueling ongoing exploration and research.
The Sun has reached out to OceanGate for further information regarding the incident.