The Titan submersible operated by OceanGate Expeditions, missing from 18th June after it lost communication within almost two hours after descent, had been reported as imploding and killing the five onboard passengers. The Coast Guard announced the finding of a debris field near the bow of the wreckage of the bow of Titanic last week and confirmed the death of all five onboard passengers.
Titan Submersible News
On Wednesday, the US Coast Guard announced finding ‘presumed human remains‘ among the Debris. The human remains were found within the Debris of the doomed submersible. In Newfoundland, Canada, the photos of the found Debris were released: the submersible’s tail and cone, front and back. The five-member crew included the British explorer Hamish Harding, British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, Titanic Expert Paul Henri Nargeolet, and CEO of OceanGate Expeditions Stockton Rush. All five members were killed after a ‘Catastrophic Implosion’ as reported by the US Coast Guard.
The Five Lives Lost in the Titanic Submersible
Hamish Harding – 58 Years
Shahzada Dawood – 48 Years
Suleman Dawood – 19 Year
Paul-Henri Nargeolet – 77 Years
Stockton Rush – 61 Years
The US medical professionals will examine and analyze the ‘Presumed human remains,’ which are part of the evidence among the Debris. The ROV company leading this operation and bringing the pieces of the OceanGate submersible to the surface said they completed the offshore operations successfully.
According to OceanGate Expeditions, the Titan submersible was made of carbon and titanium, weighed approximately 23,000 pounds, that had room for five passengers. OceanGate Expeditions, the submersible company, charged a whopping USD 250000 per person. In 2018 concerns were raised about the safety and untested design of the tiny tourist submersible. The submersible was on its way to explore the wreck site of the RMS Titanic, which sank in 1912 during her maiden voyage from England to New York after it was hit by an iceberg killing more than 1500 onboard passengers.
After the submersible went missing after it lost communication with its mothership, a global search and rescue operation was launched that ended as the rear admiral John Mauger informed the reporters in Boston about the analysis of Debris found on the seafloor nearly 1,600 FT away from the Titanic Bow, which indicated an implosion of the submersible pressure chamber.
The Pelagic Research Services, the company heading the operation, deferred questions and said it could not comment or provide any information regarding the evidence of the doomed submersible. The company will hold a press conference after the investigation is warranted.
On Wednesday, a press release was issued by the US Coast Guard that the investigation team is interviewing witnesses and collecting shreds of evidence. The military branch convened the Marine Board of Investigation to probe the cause of the implosion so that it could be determined whether a civil or criminal sanction should be pursued.
Captain Jason Neubauer, the head of the investigation, said there is yet substantial work left to understand the catastrophic implosion that led to the death of five onboard passengers so that such tragedies do not occur.
This tragedy has sparked a worldwide debate regarding the unregulated companies providing tours of the Titanic wreck site and the risk of traveling in non-approved submersibles. In a Facebook post, the Titanic International Society suggested replacing the human-crewed mission to the Titanic wreck site. Very little remains to know about the unfortunate disaster that caused the sinking of the grandest ship of that time.
The remains of the Titanic are a lure for underwater tourists and explorers who want to see the wreck site, which is predicted to disappear in the coming ten years altogether. The pressure at the seafloor where the Titanic rests is measured to be 400 times more than the sea level.