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Search for missing Titanic submarine, 96 hours left for oxygen supply limit

By Patrick Whittle and Holly Reimer (Associated Press)

A submarine carrying five people on board the Titanic blew up near the sinking site, killing all on board, officials said Thursday, a story involving a 24-hour emergency search and global alert for the missing ship. announced that it had a tragic end. .

Coast Guard officials said at a press conference that they have notified the families of the Titan crew members who have been missing since Sunday.

Any last lingering hope of finding five survivors was extinguished in the early hours of Thursday morning. The submarine is expected to run out of oxygen for 96 hours, and the Coast Guard said debris had been found about 1,600 feet (488 meters) below the seafloor. Titanic in the North Atlantic.

“This was a catastrophic implosion of the ship,” said Rear Admiral John Mauger of the First Coast Guard Division.

The submarine’s owner and operator, Oceangate Expeditions, said in a statement that all five crew members, including CEO and pilot Stockton Rush, were “unfortunately missing.” .

Other crew members were two prominent Pakistani families, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood. British adventurer Hamish Harding. And Titanic expert Paul-Henri Narjolet.

“They were true explorers who shared a unique spirit of adventure and a deep passion to explore and protect the world’s oceans,” Oceangate said in a statement. “We mourn the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone we knew.”

Through its annual voyages since 2021, Oceangate has documented the decline of the Titanic and the underwater ecosystem around it.

Rescuers rushed ships, planes and other equipment to the disappearance site.

Officials hope underwater sounds detected on Tuesday and Wednesday will help narrow the search area, which covers thousands of miles, twice the size of Connecticut, and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) deep. extended to the sea.

But the Coast Guard suggested Thursday that the noise was likely caused by something other than Titan.

“There doesn’t seem to be any connection between the noise and the location of the (debris) on the seafloor,” Mauger said.

Mauger said it was too early to tell whether an implosion occurred during the submarine’s last communication on Sunday. But it was not found on the sonar buoys used by the search party, he said, suggesting it happened before the search party arrived a few days ago.

“We had bugs in the water the whole time and heard no signs of a fatal malfunction from them,” he said.

The Coast Guard continues to search the vicinity of the Titanic for further clues as to what happened to the Titanic. Mauger said efforts to recover the submarine and the bodies of the five dead men will continue.

The White House thanked the U.S. Coast Guard, along with partners in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France for their cooperation in the search and rescue effort.

“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on Titan. I keep it in my thoughts and prayers,” he said in a statement.

Titan was launched at 6 a.m. Sunday and delayed Sunday afternoon about 435 miles (700 km) south of St. John’s, Newfoundland, en route to where the Titanic sank more than 100 years ago. was reported. By Thursday, when the oxygen supply was expected to run out, there was little hope of finding the crew alive.

Broadcasters around the world kicked off their newscasts with submarine news at key hours on Thursday. The Saudi-owned satellite channel Al Arabiya broadcast a clock that counts down to predict when the air might dry up.

At least 46 people made safe trips to the Titanic wreck site in 2021 and 2022 on the company’s submersibles, according to a letter Oceangate filed with the US District Court in Norfolk, Virginia, which has jurisdiction over the Titanic sinking case. But the submarine’s safety has been questioned by former passengers.

One of the company’s first customers compared a dive on site two years ago to suicide.

“Imagine a metal tube several meters long and a metal sheet for the floor. Arthur Roibl, a former businessman and adventurer from the city, said. “You can’t be claustrophobic.”

During the two-and-a-half-hour descent and ascent, the lights were turned off to save energy, with only fluorescent psyllium lighting, he said.

The dive was repeatedly postponed to work out battery and balance weight issues. In total the voyage took ten and a half hours.

The submarine was equipped with seven back-up systems to return to the ground, including falling sandbags, lead pipes and inflatable balloons.

Nicolai Lauterman, a deep-sea ecologist and lecturer in marine biology at the University of Portsmouth, UK, said Titan’s disappearance highlights the dangers and unknowns of deep-sea tourism.

“Even the most reliable technology can go awry, and so accidents do happen. Expect more incidents like this as deep-sea tourism grows.”


Associated Press reporter John Gambrel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Ben Finley of Norfolk, Virginia. Frank Jordan in Berlin. Danika Kirka in London. and John Lester of Paris contributed to this report.

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