DrThe Canadian and United States Coast Guard on Tuesday continued their frantic search for the missing Titanic mini-submarine belonging to OceanGate Expeditions, which began diving into the wreck of the Titanic Sunday morning. There are five people on board the submarine. The search is a race against time – the submarine had had oxygen for four days when it left.
The 6.5-meter submarine began diving early Sunday morning. After about two hours, communication with the boat was lost. The US Coast Guard was notified Sunday afternoon, according to operation coordinator John Mauger. Two C-130s were sent to search the sea surface. The Canadian Coast Guard dispatched an aircraft and ship equipped with sonar buoy technology.
“Searching this remote area is challenging, but we are sending everything we have to make sure we can locate the boat and rescue those on board,” Mauger told reporters in Boston, Mass., on Monday.
As darkness fell on Monday evening, search flights were suspended while a unit from the US National Guard and Titan operator Oceangate Expeditions continued searches on the water.
What is known about the missing five
The submarine is carrying five passengers, including the 58-year-old British billionaire pilot and space tourist Hamish Harding. On Sunday, he shared on his Instagram that he was “proud to finally announce” that he will be joining the Titanic wreck mission. “The weather window has opened and we will try to dive,” he wrote.
Harding is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai-based aircraft company Action Aviation and, according to English media reports, is a trained pilot, diver and parachutist himself.
Mark Butler, CEO of Harding Action Aviation, said the group broke up on Friday. “We all hope and pray that he will return safely.” Harding’s son, Brian Szasz, also confirmed his father’s disappearance on social media. The post has since been deleted on Facebook.
Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son were said to be on board the missing submarine from the Titanic, it was announced on Tuesday. “Our son, Shahzadeh Daoud, and his son, Suleiman, had embarked on a journey of discovery Titanic remains British media quoted a family statement as saying.
Shahzada Dawood lives in the UK and is the Vice Chairman of Engro, based in Karachi. He is also involved in his family’s foundation, which was founded in 1960 and is dedicated to education. high “daily MailThe 48-year-old is one of the richest men in Pakistan.
The identity of the other two occupants has not been publicly confirmed. According to British media, one of them is said to be French Titanic expert Paul Henri Nargolet, who is said to have made several dives on the wreck of the Titanic and once served in the French Navy. This is also consistent with Harding’s statement on Instagram: “The submarine’s crew includes legendary explorers, some of whom have conducted more than 30 dives on the ‘Titanic’ since the 1980s.”
According to the Daily Mail, the fifth passenger is said to be Stockton Rush – the CEO of Oceangate Expeditions himself.
On Monday, OceanGate Expeditions said it would do everything possible to “safely return the five crew members.” The company is deeply grateful for the extensive assistance we have received from many government agencies and deepwater companies in our efforts to restore contact with the submarine.
What could happen to the submarine?
BBC has it Talk to a submarine expert, which showed different scenarios of the submarine’s whereabouts. After the emergency, a “light weight” was dropped to bring the boat to the surface, Professor Alistair Gregg of University College London explained.
Gregg continued, “If there’s a power outage and/or communications failure, that could happen and the submarine will just float to the surface waiting to be found.” happened. Then the prognosis is “not good”.
In the event that the submarine sinks to the sea floor again and is unable to resurface under its own power, Gregg says, the options are very limited. “The submarine may still be intact, but if it is more than 200 meters deep, there are very few ships that can go that deep, let alone divers. Vehicles designed for marine submarine rescue cannot get close to the depth of the Titanic.”
Charm “Titanic” – for 229 thousand euros
OceanGate Cruises began running annual expeditions to the wreck of the Titanic in 2021 to document the ocean liner’s disintegration. The first group of tourists—called expedition specialists—funded the expedition with between $100,000 and $150,000 per person. According to the company’s website, the passenger seat on the Submarine currently costs $250,000 (about 229,000 euros).
The Titanic, which was considered unsinkable, left the English port of Southampton on April 10, 1912 on its maiden voyage to New York. Five days later, the world’s largest cruise ship sank after colliding with an iceberg. Nearly 1,500 of the 2,224 people lost their lives.
The wreckage of the British giant, broken in two, was found in 1985 650 kilometers off the Canadian coast. It is located in international waters in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of about 4,000 metres.