All five people aboard the missing submarine died in the North Atlantic. Wreckage of the missing submarine was found near the Titanic ship during the search operation. The US Coast Guard has given this information. The announcement marks the end of a search and rescue operation since the small tourist vessel went missing in the North Atlantic four days ago.
All five people aboard the missing submarine died in the North Atlantic. Wreckage of the missing submarine was found near the Titanic ship during the search operation. The US Coast Guard has given this information.
US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Mauger told a news conference that search instruments on the Titan submersible did not hear any explosions, which is believed to have killed all aboard the submersible.
The announcement marks the end of a search and rescue operation since the small tourist vessel went missing in the North Atlantic four days ago.
Rear Admiral John Mauger told reporters in Boston that analysis showed that debris found on the ocean floor 1,600 feet (500 m) off Titanic’s bow was consistent with an explosion of the submarine’s pressure chamber.
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Officials said they later learned that the fragments included the submarine rear (tail) and the fore and aft ends of its pressure hull.
Mauger said the Coast Guard was not sure when or why the ship exploded. He has also refused to say whether the remains of the people will be exhumed.
It’s an incredibly unforgiving environment on the ocean floor, he said.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the US military had originally detected a possible explosion of the plane on underwater sound monitoring devices shortly after it went missing on Sunday.
An unnamed senior Navy official told the Journal that the US Navy analyzed the acoustic data and found an implosion or explosion in the general vicinity of where the Titan submersible was operating when communications were lost. An anomaly consistent with an explosion or detonation was detected.
OceanGate Expeditions charged $250,000 for a seat on the submersible. In a 2018 lawsuit, its former director of marine operations raised concerns about the Titan “experimental and untested design”.
Harding was a billionaire and keen explorer, holding three Guinness records, while the Dawood family was one of the richest families in Pakistan. Nargiolet was nicknamed “Mr. Titanic” because of his frequent dives at the site.
Titanic attraction among tourists
The 21-foot (6.5-meter) Titan was due to surface again seven hours after it began descending at 8:00 a.m. Sunday.
But less than two hours later, the craft had lost contact with the other submarine.
Ships and aircraft from the US and Canadian Coast Guards, as well as a robot sent from France, searched 10,000 square miles (about 20,000 square kilometers) of surface water for the ship, roughly the size of the US state of Massachusetts.
Let us tell you that Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank during its maiden voyage from England to New York in 1912 with 2,224 passengers and crew. More than 1,500 people were killed in this accident.
It was discovered in 1985 and remains an attraction for marine experts and some tourists.
The pressure at that depth as measured in the atmosphere is 400 times greater than at sea level.