‘Banging’ heard in search for missing Titanic tourist submarine with only 40 hours of oxygen left – live
17, Dec 2022
‘Banging’ heard in search for missing Titanic tourist submarine with only 40 hours of oxygen left – live

A Canadian aircraft searching for the missing Titan submarine in the Atlantic Ocean detected intermittent “banging” noises from the vicinity of the last known location of the divers.

This discovery was shared via internal e-mails sent to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security.

The crew searching for the missing sub heard banging sounds every 30 minutes on Tuesday and again four hours later, after additional sonar devices were deployed.

CEO and founder of OceanGate Expeditions Stockton Rush, British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, renowned French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet and Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman Dawood are on the OceanGate Expeditions’ submersible, Titan.

The watercraft submerged on Sunday morning from its support vessel, the Canadian research vessel Polar Prince. About an hour and 45 minutes later, the Titan lost contact with Polar Prince, authorities said.

The Titan is equipped with a four-day emergency oxygen supply. It is estimated that the five missing passengers have just 40 hours of oxygen supply left inside the vessel.

The US Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard are involved in rescue efforts.

Key points

  • Canadian aircraft detects ‘banging’ sound from search area of missing Titanic submarine

  • 2018 lawsuit questioned Titan submersible’s safety

  • Titan lost contact with surface ship, Polar Prince, one hour and 45 minutes into Sunday dive

  • Titanic wreckage located approximately 370 miles from Newfoundland, Canada

  • Who is on the missing Titanic submarine?

Rescue aircraft detects ‘banging’ from search area

05:30 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

A Canadian aircraft searching for the missing submersible reportedly detected “banging” in 30-minute intervals coming from the area the divers disappeared, according to internal e-mail updates sent to Department of Homeland Security leadership.

“RCC Halifax launched a P8, Poseidon, which has underwater detection capabilities from the air,” the e-mails read.

“The P8 deployed sonobuoys, which reported a contact in a position close to the distress position. The P8 heard banging sounds in the area every 30 minutes. Four hours later additional sonar was deployed and banging was still heard.”

The announcement, however, did not state what time the banging was heard or what could have caused it.

Namita Singh has more.

Canadian rescuers ‘heard banging’ from area where Titanic sub disappeared

Hamish Harding the “quintessential British explorer”

08:06 , Holly Evans

A friend of Hamish Harding has described him as “the quintessential British explorer” as the search-and-rescue mission for the Titan continues.

Colonel Terry Virts, a former commander of the International Space Station, spoke to Nick Robinson on the Today programme about Mr Harding’s love of adventure.

He said: “Some people watch Netflix and some people play golf, and Hamish goes to the bottom of the ocean or into space or, you know, he sets world records flying around the planet.

“As I’ve said several times now, Hamish is the quintessential British explorer. He loves adventure. He loves exploring and that’s just the kind of person he is.”

Asked whether Mr Harding was “addicted to risk”, Colonel Virts replied: “No, not all.

“I don’t think Hamish is an adrenaline junkie at all. That’s not Hamish. He likes exploration. And, you know, exploration involves risk, but he’s also very methodical about it.”

Retired navy rear admiral says odds are “vanishingly small”

08:02 , Holly Evans

Chris Parry, a retired navy rear admiral from the UK, said without an “emitting signal” from the missing deep-sea vessel near the wreck site of the Titanic it will be “impossible” to find in the timescale.

He told LBC: “I’m afraid the odds are vanishingly small. Obviously, we want to remain hopeful and optimistic but there are two problems here – one is actually finding the thing and secondly is how on earth are you going to get it off the seabed. It’s never been done before and I don’t think anybody’s got any ideas about how to do it at the moment.”

He added: “You’ve got this vastly complex seabed with all the debris of the Titanic, you’ve got hills and canyons and everything, and I’m afraid to say without an emitting signal from the vehicle itself it’s almost, well, I’d say it’s impossible to find in the timescale.”

He went on: “Why on earth you would go in a dodgy piece of technology where you actually have to sign away any right to sue the company for emotional damage, injury or death is beyond me.

“It is fundamentally dangerous, there was no back-up plan, it’s experimental and I’m afraid to say there’s an element of hubris if you want to go down and do that.”

Who is on the missing Titanic submarine?

08:00 , Ariana Baio

A British billionaire explorer is among the five people on board the missing Titanic tourist submarine, somewhere in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

A rescue operation has been underway in search of the submersible vessel, after it submerged Sunday morning, and its support vessel, the Canadian research icebreaker Polar Prince, lost contact with it about an hour and 45 minutes later, authorities said.

British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, renowned French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, founder of OceanGate Expeditions Stockton Rush, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and the businessman’s son Sulaiman Dawood are feared to be on board.

Below we look at what we know about the five stranded on the sub.

Rachel Sharp and Tara Cobham report:

A billionaire, father and son and renowned diver: Who is on missing Titanic sub?

The missing Titan submersible

07:44 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

This undated image courtesy of OceanGate Expeditions, shows their Titan submersible launching from a platform (OceanGate Expeditions/AFP via Ge)

This undated image courtesy of OceanGate Expeditions, shows their Titan submersible launching from a platform (OceanGate Expeditions/AFP via Ge)

This undated image courtesy of OceanGate Expeditions, shows their Titan submersible during a descent (OceanGate Expeditions/AFP via Ge)

This undated image courtesy of OceanGate Expeditions, shows their Titan submersible during a descent (OceanGate Expeditions/AFP via Ge)

Titanic diver fears missing submersible imploded 3.2km below surface

07:16 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

A diver who has travelled into the depths of the ocean to witness the Titanic wreckage said he fears the worst after the submersible carrying five people went missing on Sunday.

G Michael Harris told Fox News that he is not optimistic they will be rescued and believes there is nothing the US navy can do.

“Worst situation is something happened to the hull and our fear is that it imploded at around 3,200 metres,” he said.

Who are on the missing Titanic submarine?

07:03 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Hamish Harding

Billionaire Hamish Harding is chairman of private plane firm Action Aviation, which said he is one of the mission specialists on the five-person OceanGate Expeditions vessel reported overdue on Sunday evening about 435 miles south of St John’s, Newfoundland.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet

French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet is also on the submarine, CBC News was told by Titanic expert Larry Daley. Mr Nargeolet spent 25 years in the French navy and worked with Mr Daley, who is a St John’s-based diver, on his first Titanic dive 20 years ago.

Shahzada Dawood and his son Sulaiman

Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Sulaiman Dawood have been named as two of the other people on the submersible in a family statement.

A statement from the Dawood Family said: “As of now, contact has been lost with their submersible craft and there is limited information available.”

Stockton Rush

OceanGate Expeditions CEO Stockton Rush is among those onboard, the company confirmed yesterday. His company, which provides crewed submersible services for researchers and explorers to travel deep into the ocean, operates the submersible that has gone missing, the Titan.

ICYMI: Rescuers confirm only 40 hours of oxygen left in missing submersible Titanic tourist submarine

07:00 , Ariana Baio

Total 10,000 square miles searched so far

06:36 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

The US coast guard yesterday said a total of 10,000 square miles have been searched in favourable weather conditions to find the missing Titan submersible with five people on board.

A unified command has been set up by the US coast guard, US navy, Canadian coast guard and OceanGate Expeditions to continue the search and rescue operation.

“This is a complex search effort which requires multiple agencies with subject matter expertise and specialized equipment which we have gained through the unified command,” said Capt Jamie Frederick.

“While the coast guard has assumed the role of Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, we do not have all of the necessary expertise and equipment required in a search of this nature.

“The unified command brings that expertise and additional capability together to maximize effort in solving this complex problem,” he added.

US relocates search vehicles after Canadian aircraft detects ‘banging’ sound

06:03 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

After a Canadian rescue aircraft detected ‘banging’ sounds, the US coast guard said it relocated remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the origin of the noises but the results were so far negative.

“Additionally, the data from the P-3 aircraft has been shared with our US Navy experts for further analysis which will be considered in future search plans,” the US coast guard tweeted.

VOICES: Cramped, silent, alien… as a submariner, I know the terror of the trapped Titanic crew

06:00 , Ariana Baio

“Being on a submarine is not natural. It is not natural to climb inside a metal tube and descend deep into a hostile environment when you don’t have control over the events around you. You have to have trust. You have to trust the tin can, the systems that make the tin can work, the people who built the tin can and that the people who are driving the tin can know what they are doing.”

David Bessell writes:

Opinion: As a submariner, I know the terror of the trapped Titan crew

2018 lawsuit questioned Titan submersible’s safety concerns

05:07 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

The ability of the tourist sub’s hull design to withstand such depths was questioned in a 2018 lawsuit filed by OceanGate’s former director of marine operations, David Lochridge, who said he was fired after he raised safety concerns about the vessel.

OceanGate said in its breach-of-contract suit against Mr Lochridge, who is not an engineer, that he refused to accept the lead engineer’s assurances and accused him of improperly sharing confidential information.

The two sides settled their court case in November 2018.

The company did not respond to requests for comment from Reuters and its attorney in the Lochridge case, Thomas Gilman, declined comment.

An attorney for Mr Lochridge declined comment except to say, “we pray for everyone’s safe return”.

Months prior to the suit, a group of submersible industry leaders wrote to OceanGate warning that the “experimental” approach” to the sub’s development could result in “minor to catastrophic” problems, the New York Times reported.

Timeline of the missing OceanGate submersible

05:00 , Ariana Baio

The Titan submersible went missing while it was on a tour of the Titanic wreckage on Sunday (18 June). Miawpukek Maritime Horizon Services, which co-owns the Polar Prince the ship that helped launched Titan, provided a timeline that was set for the watercraft.

Friday 16 June: The Polar Prince departs St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Saturday 17 June: The Polar Prince arrives at the dive site.

Sunday 18 June:

  • 9am ADT: Dive operation begins.

  • 11.47am ADT: Last communication between Titan and the surface staff of OceanGate is recorded.

  • 6.10pm ADT: Time Titan was scheduled to resurface.

  • 6.35pm ADT: Authorities are notified and a response operation is initiated.

US and UK leaders watching Titanic submersible’s developments ‘closely’

04:56 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

US president Joe Biden was “watching events closely”, White House national security adviser John Kirby said yesterday as the coast guard beefs up the rescue mission.

Britain’s King Charles has asked to be kept apprised of the search, according to the Buckingham Palace, as Shahzada Dawood, who was on board the submersible is a longtime supporter of the monarch’s charity, the Prince’s Trust International.

Elon Musk stays mum on submarine disappearance despite Starlink connection

04:33 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter and SpaceX, has been uncharacteristically quiet about the disappearance of a research submarine visiting the wreckage of the Titanic.

The company operating the sub, OceanGate Expeditions, previously tweeted their appreciation for Mr Musk’s Starlink service — provided through SpaceX — which allowed them to access the internet while adventuring in the North Atlantic Ocean.

“Despite being in the middle of the North Atlantic, we have the internet connection we need to make our Titanic dive operations a success – thank you Starlink!” the company tweeted earlier this month.

Graig Graziosi reports.

Elon Musk stays mum on Titanic submarine disappearance despite Starlink connection

Over 7,600 square miles of open sea searched so far

04:06 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

American and Canadian authorities stepped up the search yesterday, racing against time to find a missing tourist submersible that vanished while taking wealthy passengers on a voyage to the wreck of the Titanic.

US and Canadian aircraft have searched more than 7,600 square miles of open sea, an area larger than the state of Connecticut, US Cast Guard Captain Jamie Frederick told reporters.

The Canadian military has dropped sonar buoys to listen for any sounds that might come from the Titan, and a commercial vessel with a remote-controlled deepwater submersible was also searching near the site, he said.

A French research ship carrying its own deep-sea diving robot vessel was also dispatched to the search area at the request of the US Navy. It is expected to arrive by Wednesday night.

Simpsons writer who went on Titanic submarine says he’s ‘not optimistic’ about rescue

04:03 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Mike Reiss, a writer and former showrunner on The Simpsons, has said he’s “not optimistic” about the mission to rescue the missing tourist submarine after taking the trip himself last year.

The submersible known as Titan, which is intended to explore the wreckage of the sunken ship Titanic, has been missing with five people on board in the Atlantic Ocean since Sunday.

“I know the logistics of it and I know how vast the ocean is and how very tiny this craft is,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“If it’s down at the bottom I don’t know how anyone is going to be able to access it, much less bring it back up,” he added.

Tom Murray has more.

The Simpsons writer who went on Titanic submarine says he’s ‘not optimistic’

Inside the race to find the missing Titanic submarine – the deepest ocean rescue operation in history

04:00 , Ariana Baio

Sonar buoys and ships, reconnaissance planes and unmanned submersible vehicles are scouring an area of the Atlantic Ocean ‘the size of Connecticut’ for any trace of the missing Titan dive ship

Bevan Hurley reports:

Inside the race to find the missing Titanic sub – the deepest ocean rescue ever

France sending a ship to help search for missing submersible

03:00 , Ariana Baio

French president Emmanuel Macron has ordered the dispatch of research ship Atlante to assist in searching for the missing Titanic tourist submersible, the Titan.

On Tuesday (20 June) CNN reported that France would send a ship equipped with an underwater robot that can reach depths of 4,000 meters (1,312 feet).

“The idea and our wish are for the ship to arrive as soon as possible, which should be Wednesday at 8pm local time,” French Secretary of State in charge of Sea, Hervé Berville, told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

“This is a race of time that started last night (Monday) and France has responded to the calls from American authorities,” he said.

The underwater robot’s operation team departed from Toulon.

Why adventurers flocked to take OceanGate’s $250k Titanic expedition – before tragedy hit

02:00 , Ariana Baio

OceanGate Expeditions was founded in Washington state in 2009 by US adventurer and former investment banker Stockton Rush.

In an interview with The Independent in 2017, he said he had originally wanted to become an astronaut but was later drawn to underwater exploration.

“In the vacuum of space, by definition there is nothing. That means a great view, but the final frontier for new life forms and discovery is undersea – for the next 200-300 years at least.”

The RMS Titanic has been lying 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada in the North Atlantic Ocean since it sank in 1912, killing about 1,500 people on board.

The wreck was discovered in 1985, and was named a UNESCO cultural heritage site in 2012.

It’s been a subject of fascination with deep-sea exploration teams ever since.

Bevan Hurley reports::

Why adventurers flocked to OceanGate’s $250k Titantic expedition before tragedy hit

ICYMI: US Coast Guard holds news conference on Titanic tourist submarine rescue

01:00 , Ariana Baio

Watch as US Coast Guard gives update on Titanic tourist submarine rescue

Submersible had communication problems in past

Wednesday 21 June 2023 00:00 , Ariana Baio

As the US Coast Guard works to locate the OceanGate submersible ship CBS reporter David Pogue reminds people that this is not the first time the submersible has faced communication issues.

The submersible is not fully functioning in the same way a submarine is. It requires a surface ship to give it the correct directions.

Last year, Mr Pogue conducted a CBS report on the sub and joined the crew for a dive when it lost communication with the surface ship. This caused the crew aboard the submersible to become lost.

Submersible has 40 – 41 hours of oxygen left as of Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday 20 June 2023 23:30 , Ariana Baio

In a press conference on Tuesday (20 June) afternoon, Captain Jamie Frederick of the US Coast Guard said the Titan submersible had about 40 to 41 hours left of oxygen in the watercraft.

At this point, we’re approximately 40-41 hours,” Mr Frederick said.

Mr Frederick added that the hours were only an estimate based on the timeline they were working with.

Who is Stockton Rush? The OceanGate CEO missing in Titanic tourist submarine

Tuesday 20 June 2023 23:00 , Ariana Baio

Stockton Rush, the CEO and founder of OceanGate Expeditions, was aboard his company’s Titan submarine that disappeared on Sunday en route to the wreck of HMS Titanic around 370 miles east of the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Who is Stockton Rush? The OceanGate CEO missing in Titanic tourist submarine

Where is the Titanic wreckage?

Tuesday 20 June 2023 22:45 , Ariana Baio

The RMS Titanic’s final resting spot is approximately 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada in the North Atlantic Ocean. It sank in 1912, killing approximately 1,500 people on board. Its coordinates are 41º43’32”N, 49º56’49”W.

The wreckage was discovered in 1985 and named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012. Since its discovery — and thanks in part to James Cameron’s iconic film about the ship’s final hours — the ship and its fate have captured the public’s imagination.

Where is the Titanic wreckage?

OceanGate Expeditions confirms CEO Stockton Rush is on missing sub

Tuesday 20 June 2023 22:15 , Ariana Baio

Stockton Rush, the CEO and founder of OceanGate Expeditions was confirmed to be aboard the company’s submersible, the company confirmed on Tuesday (20 June).

The statement provided no other details besides that Mr Rush, “is aboard the submersible as a member of the crew.”

Five other people, including British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, renowned French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman Dawood, are with Mr Rush aboard the Titan.

OceanGate Expeditions adviser reveals lucky escape from joining failed Titanic submarine trip

Tuesday 20 June 2023 22:00 , Ariana Baio

David Concannon said that he is assisting government officials as rescuers race against time to find the five passengers aboard the Oceangate Titanic submarine.

Andrea Blanco and Rachel Sharp report:

OceanGate Expeditions consultant reveals lucky escape from joining Titanic sub trip

Where is the Titanic wreckage?

Tuesday 20 June 2023 21:45 , Ariana Baio

WATCH: ‘Missing’ OceanGate CEO reveals Titanic submersible built ‘with camping parts’

Tuesday 20 June 2023 21:30 , Ariana Baio

Joe Biden ‘watching events closely’

Tuesday 20 June 2023 21:15 , Ariana Baio

President Joe Biden is “watching events closely” pertaining to the missing submersible in the North Atlantic Ocean near the Titanic wreckage.

In a press conference on Tuesday, John Kirby, the coordinator for strategic communications for the National Security Council, said the President wants the US Coast Guard to continue participating in the search for the five missing people aboard the watercraft.

“Certainly the President wants the Coast Guard to continue to participate in that,” Mr Kirby said.

“The US Navy is on standby should they be needed because they have some deep water capabilities that the Coast Guard wouldn’t necessarily have.”

Mr Kirby said: “He’s watching events closely… Obviously, all of us, including the President, express our thoughts to the crew on board as well as to, no doubt, their worried family members back on shore.”

Elon Musk stays mum on Titanic submarine disappearance despite Starlink connection

Tuesday 20 June 2023 21:00 , Ariana Baio

Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter and SpaceX, has been uncharacteristically quiet about the disappearance of a research submarine visiting the remains of the Titanic.

The company operating the sub, OceanGate Expeditions, previously tweeted their appreciation for Mr Musk’s Starlink service — provided through SpaceX — which allowed them to access the internet while adventuring in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Graig Graziosi reports:

Elon Musk stays mum on Titanic submarine disappearance despite Starlink connection

Missing vessel near Titanic wreck is a submersible, not a submarine: Here’s the difference

Tuesday 20 June 2023 20:45 , Ariana Baio

The vessel that went missing Sunday in the North Atlantic while exploring the Titanic‘s wreckage is a submersible not a submarine, and there is a key difference.

The Titan, with five people on board, remained missing Tuesday even as an international search and rescue efforts were underway.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that a submarine has enough power to leave port and come back to port under its own power.

But a submersible has more limited power and range. It needs a mother ship from which to launch, return and for support and communications.

Department of Defense assisting in Titanic submersible search

Tuesday 20 June 2023 20:30 , Ariana Baio

The Department of Defense (DOD) said they were assisting in the search for the missing submersible in the North Atlantic Ocean.

“The DOD is assisting in search operations. As of yesterday, there were two C-130s that conducted search and rescue flights and conducted a search flight over the area,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said in a news conference.

“Later today an Air National Guard C-130 will also join the search.”

How OceanGate’s Titanic sub went missing at sea

Tuesday 20 June 2023 20:15 , Ariana Baio

Around 7pm ET on Saturday night, billionaire explorer Hamish Harding took to Instagram to reveal he was among the crew of a submersible vessel on their way to explore the Titanic wreckage.

“I am proud to finally announce that I joined OceanGate Expeditions for their RMS TITANIC Mission as a mission specialist on the sub going down to the Titanic,” Mr Harding wrote.

They were planning to start their 4,000m descent to the most famous shipwreck in the world at 4am on Sunday morning.

“Until then we have a lot of preparations and briefings to do,” he said.

The five-person crew was dropped into the ocean in their 22-foot long submersible vessel, the Titan, at 7.30am EST on Sunday, Mr Harding’s close friend Jannicke Mikkelsen told The Independent.

Just over two hours later at 9.47am, the vessel lost contact with the Polar Prince, according to Ms Mikkelsen.

The vessel was programmed to send out a “ping” every 15 minutes to indicate its location. The final signal was sent at around 10am ET, according to The Times.

There has been no further contact with the vessel since.

Bevan Hurley reports:

OceanGate adviser slams US government for holding up rescue efforts for missing Titanic sub

Tuesday 20 June 2023 20:00 , Ariana Baio

An OceanGate Expeditions adviser has slammed the US government for allegedly holding up efforts to rescue the five passengers on board the missing Titanic tourist sub – because of bureaucracy around official paperwork.

David Concannon, an attorney and explorer who had a lucky escape when he pulled out of the adventure at the last minute, told NewsNation on Monday night that critical equipment that could help recover the missing Titan vessel is currently thousands of miles away in the Guernsey Channel Islands.

Rachel Sharp reports:

OceanGate adviser claims US government is holding up rescue for missing Titanic sub

Rescuers confirm only 40 hours of oxygen left in missing submersible Titanic tourist submarine

Tuesday 20 June 2023 19:45 , Ariana Baio

Who is Stockton Rush? The OceanGate CEO missing in Titanic tourist submarine

Tuesday 20 June 2023 19:30 , Ariana Baio

Stockton Rush, the CEO and founder of OceanGate Expeditions, is believed to have been aboard his company’s Titan submarine that disappeared on Sunday en route to the wreck of HMS Titanic around 370 miles south of the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Joe Sommerlad reports:

Who is Stockton Rush? The OceanGate CEO missing in Titanic tourist submarine

Weather conditions improving in search area

Tuesday 20 June 2023 19:15 , Ariana Baio

The visibility conditions in the area surrounding the Titanic shipwreck in the North Atlantic Ocean seem to be improving as multiple agencies search for the missing submersible, according to the US Coast Guard.

On Tuesday, Chief Petty Officer Robert Simpson told reporters that the remote area where ships and aircrafts were conducting searches had five to six-foot waves and improving visibility.

On Monday (19 June), authorities began their search for the missing OceanGate Expeditions’ submersible in low visibility. But as the days go on, the visibility is improving making for better search conditions.

Wind speeds were up to 15 knots on Tuesday as well.

Coast Guard may not be able to save Titanic sub even if found – with 40 hours of oxygen left

Tuesday 20 June 2023 19:00 , Ariana Baio

The US Coast Guard has admitted that it doesn’t know if search teams will be able to rescue the Titanic tourist sub from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean even if they do manage to find it within the 96-hour deadline – as it’s estimated that the five missing passengers have just 40 hours of oxygen supply left inside the vessel.

US Coast Guard Captain Jamie Frederick confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that there is still no sign of OceanGate Expedition’s missing Titan submersible, which has now been missing for more than two days.

Rachel Sharp reports:

Coast Guard may not be able to save Titanic sub even if found

Coast Guard says priority is locating submersible

Tuesday 20 June 2023 18:45 , Ariana Baio

During a press conference on Tuesday (20 June), Captain Jamie Frederick of the US Coast Guard told reporters their priority was locating the submersible before anything else.

When Captain Frederick was asked if the five passengers aboard the submersible could be rescued, he said there is an “unwavering effort” from the team of people currently searching for the watercraft.

He did not go into detail about any rescue plans if officials locate the submersible but said there was a team of the “nation’s best experts” involved.

VOICES: Cramped, silent, alien… as a submariner, I know the terror of the trapped Titanic crew

Tuesday 20 June 2023 18:30 , Ariana Baio

“Being on a submarine is not natural. It is not natural to climb inside a metal tube and descend deep into a hostile environment when you don’t have control over the events around you. You have to have trust. You have to trust the tin can, the systems that make the tin can work, the people who built the tin can and that the people who are driving the tin can know what they are doing.

The first time that you climb down inside a submarine can be daunting and a little bit frightening or exciting, depending on your disposition. The first time you dive on a submarine is extraordinary. All the trust mentioned above comes sharply into focus.”

David Bessell writes:

Opinion: As a submariner, I know the terror of the trapped Titanic crew

US Coast Guard calls operation ‘complex’ and ‘challenging’

Tuesday 20 June 2023 18:18 , Ariana Baio

Captain Jamie Frederick of the US Coast Guard reiterated how “complex” and “challenging” the search and rescue of the five people aboard the missing submersible is.

“Our crew are working around the clock to ensure we are doing everything possible to locate the Titan and five crew members,” Mr Frederick said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple teams including the US Coast Guard, US Navy, Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Coast Guard and OceanGate Expeditions are working together on a unified team to bring as many assets as possible to find the submersible.

Due to the remote location and the uncertain position of the submersible either on the surface or underwater, locating the watercraft is much more difficult than a typical search and rescue.

Approximately 40 – 41 hours of oxygen left

Tuesday 20 June 2023 18:08 , Ariana Baio

In a press conference on Tuesday (20 June) afternoon, Captain Jamie Frederick of the US Coast Guard said the Titan submersible had about 40 to 41 hours left of oxygen in the watercraft.

At this point, we’re approximately 40-41 hours,” Mr Frederick said.

Mr Frederick added that the hours were only an estimate based on the timeline they were working with.

Watch live: US Coast Guard holds news conference on Titanic tourist submarine rescue

Tuesday 20 June 2023 18:04 , Ariana Baio

Watch live: US Coast Guard gives update on Titanic tourist submarine rescue

France sending a ship to help search for missing submersible

Tuesday 20 June 2023 18:00 , Ariana Baio

French president Emmanuel Macron has ordered the dispatch of research ship Atlante to assist in searching for the missing Titanic tourist submersible, the Titan.

On Tuesday (20 June) CNN reported that France would send a ship equipped with an underwater robot that can reach depths of 4,000 meters (1,312 feet).

“The idea and our wish are for the ship to arrive as soon as possible, which should be Wednesday at 8pm. local time,” French Secretary of State in charge of Sea, Hervé Berville, told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

“This is a race of time that started last night (Monday) and France has responded to the calls from American authorities,” he said.

The underwater robot’s operation team departed from Toulon.

Inside the race to find the missing Titanic submarine – the deepest ocean rescue operation in history

Tuesday 20 June 2023 17:45 , Ariana Baio

Sonar buoys and ships, reconnaissance planes and unmanned submersible vehicles are scouring an area of the Atlantic Ocean ‘the size of Connecticut’ for any trace of the missing Titan dive ship

Bevan Hurley reports:

Inside the race to find the missing Titanic sub – the deepest ocean rescue ever

Shahzada Dawood and Suleman Dawood aboard missing submersible

Tuesday 20 June 2023 17:30 , Ariana Baio

Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman Dawood are two of the five aboard the missing Titan submersible watercraft.

Engro Corporation, the company which Mr Dawood serves as a vice chairman, confirmed in a statement, per The New York Times on Tuesday (20 June).

Mr Dawood is a business advisor who serves on the board of the Prince’s Trust International.

Shahzada Dawood, missing on OceanGate submarine (WEF)

Shahzada Dawood, missing on OceanGate submarine (WEF)

Mr Dawood and his son live in Surrey, England.

Suleman is 19 years old, according to The Daily Mail.

Janet Street Porter questions ‘morality’ of Titanic submarine tourism

Tuesday 20 June 2023 17:15 , Ariana Baio

Janet Street-Porter has voiced her opinion on the ethics of “Titanic tourism” in response to the desperate ongoing mission to rescue a missing underwater vessel.

Nicole Vassell reports:

Janet Street-Porter questions ‘morality’ of Titanic submarine tourism

Who is on the missing Titanic submarine?

Tuesday 20 June 2023 17:00 , Ariana Baio

A British billionaire explorer is among the five people on board the missing Titanic tourist submarine, somewhere in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

A rescue operation has been underway in search of the submersible vessel, after it submerged Sunday morning, and its support vessel, the Canadian research icebreaker Polar Prince, lost contact with it about an hour and 45 minutes later, authorities said.

British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, renowned French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, founder of OceanGate Expeditions Stockton Rush, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and the businessman’s son Sulaiman Dawood are feared to be on board.

Below we look at what we know about the five stranded on the sub.

Rachel Sharp and Tara Cobham report:

A billionaire, father and son and renowned diver: Who is on missing Titanic sub?

Timeline of the missing Titan submersible

Tuesday 20 June 2023 16:45 , Ariana Baio

The Titan submersible went missing while it was on a tour of the Titanic wreckage on Sunday (18 June). Miawpukek Maritime Horizon Services, which co-owns the Polar Prince the ship that helped launched Titan, provided a timeline that was set for the watercraft.

Friday 16 June: The Polar Prince departs St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Saturday 17 June: The Polar Prince arrives at the dive site.

Sunday 18 June:

  •  9am ADT: Dive operation begins.

  • 11.47am ADT: Last communication between Titan and the surface staff of OceanGate is recorded.

  • 6.10pm ADT: Time Titan was scheduled to resurface.

  • 6.35pm ADT: Authorities are notified and a response operation is initiated.

Inside Titan: Titanic-spotting submarine steered by video game controller

Tuesday 20 June 2023 16:30 , Ariana Baio

Measuring 22ft long by 9.2ft across and 8.3ft high, the OceanGate submersible consists of an aerospace-grade carbon fibre hull with titanium hemispheres at each end, as well as a fiberglass hull insert to shield the passengers and electronics from condensation.

A real-time monitoring system provides a running analysis of the impact changing pressure is having on the hull as the craft descends deeper and deeper into the ocean in the interests of safety.

Here are more details about the inside of the Titan.

Joe Sommerlad reports:

Inside the Titanic-spotting submarine missing in the Atlantic with five people aboard

Paul-Henri Nargeolet among those on board

Tuesday 20 June 2023 16:15 , Ariana Baio

French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, an experienced Titanic explorer and diver, is one of the five people aboard the missing Titan submersible.

Titanic expert Larry Daley told CBC that Mr Nargeolet is on the watercraft.

Mr Nargeolet spent 25 years in the French navy and worked with Mr Daley on a prior Titanic dive.

OceanGate described Mr Nargeolet as the “Titanic’s greatest explorer” as he has led several expeditions to the shipwreck and completed 35 dives in the submersible.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc Director of Underwater Research, Paul Henri Nargeolet speaks at the Titanic Auction preview at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on January 5, 2012 in New York City (Getty)

Premier Exhibitions, Inc Director of Underwater Research, Paul Henri Nargeolet speaks at the Titanic Auction preview at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on January 5, 2012 in New York City (Getty)

The former naval officer spent his early years in Africa with his parents, although he was born in Chamonix, France. He was married to American newsreader Michelle Marsh until she died in 2017.

Overnight, Coast Guard searched area ‘size of Connecticut’

Tuesday 20 June 2023 15:45 , Ariana Baio

Rear Admiral John Mauger of the US Coast Guard Northeast District said that overnight they flew “multiple aircrafts” over the area where the submersible went missing to look for signs of surfacing.

Mr Mauger said the search was “roughly about the size of Connecticut,” in an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday (20 June).

“Our crews in the Coast Guard and partners across both the US government and within Canada and the private sector have been working around the clock to bring all capabilities that we have to bear on finding the submersible and locating the people,” Mr Mauger said.

Going forward, the Coast Guard plans to use more resources like vessels that can search underwater using sonar technology to expand their search.

Coast Guard to hold press conference on missing submersible

Tuesday 20 June 2023 15:40 , Ariana Baio

The US Coast Guard will hold a second press conference on Tuesday (20 June) at 1pm EST.

The press conference will include updates about the missing watercraft which is approximately 900 miles east of Cape Code, Massachusetts.

Partners of the US Coast Guard plan to join the press conference as well.

Hamish Harding among those missing on submersible

Tuesday 20 June 2023 15:30 , Ariana Baio

Hamish Harding, the chairman of Action Aviation, a private plane firm, is one of the five people aboard OceanGate Expeditions’ missing submersible in the Atlantic Ocean.

Mr Harding previously travelled on the Challenger Deep to the bottom of the ocean as well as Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin trip into space.

On Saturday, Mr Harding announced on Facebook he was joining OceanGate Expeditions’ excursion to view the Titanic wreckage.

Jannicke Mikkelsen with Hamish Harding, who’s missing on Titanic submersible (Jannicke Mikkelsen)

Jannicke Mikkelsen with Hamish Harding, who’s missing on Titanic submersible (Jannicke Mikkelsen)

On Monday – as news of the missing submersible broke – Mr Harding’s stepson Brian Szasz confirmed that his stepfather was on board the vessel when it went missing.

Mr Harding has two children and is a seasoned explorer. He holds three Guinness World Records – including the longest duration at full ocean depth.

Titanic sub crew have ‘already used half their oxygen’ friend of missing Briton warns

Tuesday 20 June 2023 15:15 , Ariana Baio

A close friend of the British billionaire explorer lost at sea in the Titanic submarine has warned those on board will have already used over half their air supply.

Jannicke Mikkelsen told The Independent the vessel has less than 50 hours of oxygen left as of Tuesday lunchtime, so the clock is ticking to rescue the five stranded inside.

The 37-year-old said the wait for news of her mentor Hamish Harding has been “torturous” and her hope is fast diminishing as most scenarios are “bleak for survival at this point”.

Tara Cobham reports:

Titanic sub crew have ‘already used half their oxygen’ friend of missing Briton warns

Action Aviation confirms Hamish Harding aboard

Tuesday 20 June 2023 14:45 , Ariana Baio

Action Aviation confirmed on Tuesday (20 June) that Captain Hamish Harding is on the Titan submersible currently missing near the Titanic wreckage.

“Both the Harding Family and the team at Action Aviation are very grateful for all the kind messages of concern and support from our friends and colleagues. We are thankful for the continued efforts of the authorities and companies that have stepped in to aid in the rescue efforts,” Action Aviation said in a press release.

Mr Harding is a licensed Air Transport Pilot and a Guinness World Records holder.

10,000 square miles searched as of Tuesday

Tuesday 20 June 2023 14:38 , Ariana Baio

The US Coast Guard confirmed on Tuesday (20 June) that they had searched 10,000 square miles for the missing submersible, the Titan, in the North Atlantic Ocean.

On top of the various equipment that the US Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard have used to conduct searches, Canadian Aircraft P3 was brought in to carry out sonar searches.

The Titan’s surface ship, the research vessel Polar Prince, as well as the research vessel Deep Energy are also continuing surface searches.

Downing Street ‘stands ready’ to assist rescue efforts

Tuesday 20 June 2023 14:15 , Rachel Sharp

The UK “stands ready” to provide support and assistance in the hunt for the missing Titanic submarine, Downing Street has said.

Search and rescue capacity that can aid stricken subs is based at the naval base in the Clyde.

“We are in contact with the relevant authorities and are ready to provide assistance, but clearly it is an unusual rescue operation given the depths involved,” Downing Street said in a statement.

Inside the deepest under sea rescue operation in world history:

Tuesday 20 June 2023 13:45 , Rachel Sharp

Multiple agencies from multiple nations are working together to try to bring the five missing on board the Titanic submarine home safe.

Here are some of the agencies and their crafts working on the search and rescue operation:

– US Coast Guard: two C-130 aircrafts

– Canadian Coast Guard: one C-130 aircraft and one P-8 aircraft

– New York National Guard: one C-130 aircraft

– Commercial operator: on-surface equipment

WATCH: OceanGate adviser slams US government for holding up rescue efforts

Tuesday 20 June 2023 13:30 , Rachel Sharp

WATCH: Locator map shows shipwreck where Titanic OceanGate submarine went missing

Tuesday 20 June 2023 13:15 , Rachel Sharp

Submersible had communication problems in past

Tuesday 20 June 2023 13:00 , Graeme Massie

As the US Coast Guard works to locate the OceanGate submersible ship CBS reporter David Pogue reminds people that this is not the first time the submersible has faced communication issues.

The submersible is not fully functioning in the same way a submarine is. It requires a surface ship to give it the correct directions.

Last year, Mr Pogue conducted a CBS report on the sub and joined the crew for a dive when it lost communication with the surface ship. This caused the crew aboard the submersible to become lost.

“We were lost for two and a half hours,” one of the crew members told Mr Pogue.

Expert reveals challenges of underwater search

Tuesday 20 June 2023 12:15 , Rachel Sharp

An expert has revealed the challenges of the underwater search for the submersible which lost contact while visiting the wreck of the Titanic.

Dr Jamie Pringle, Reader in Forensic Geosciences at Keele University, UK, said in a statement to The Independent: “Aquatic search is pretty tricky, as the ocean floor is a lot more rugged than on land, and water isn’t homogenous either – there are different stratified levels of water and currents.

“A typical land search for a missing person or vehicle would move outwards radially from the last known position. This is how this search is also likely being conducted.

OceanGate tourist sub (OceanGate Expeditions)

OceanGate tourist sub (OceanGate Expeditions)

“Techniques vary, but in that water depth, a sonar search system would need to be specialised to a very narrow beam but high enough frequency in order to resolve a small submersible.

“The MH370 downed plane, lost in 2014, had a very large search radius and still hasn’t been solved. This search should be a much smaller search radius, as the submersible was reportedly on a relatively simple down and up dive.”

US Coast Guard says area where sub went missing is ‘remote’

Tuesday 20 June 2023 12:00 , Graeme Massie

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Rear Admiral John Mauger, commander of the First US Coast Guard District said they were doing all they can to find the submersible but the area it went missing in was going to be challenging.

“The location of the search is approximately 900 miles east of Cape Code in a water depth of roughly 13,000 feet. It is a remote area and it is a challenge to conduct a search in that remote area but we are deploying all available assets to make sure we can locate the craft and rescue the people on board,” Mr Mauger said.

Due to the type of watercraft the submersible is, the Coast Guard has to search both surface level and underwater as it could be in either place.

WATCH: Ex-British Navy officer reveals ‘concerning timescales’ of missing Titanic sub

Tuesday 20 June 2023 11:45 , Rachel Sharp

OceanGate adviser slams US government for holding up rescue efforts for missing Titanic sub due to paperwork

Tuesday 20 June 2023 11:30 , Rachel Sharp

An OceanGate Expeditions adviser has slammed the US government for allegedly holding up efforts to rescue the five passengers on board the missing Titanic tourist sub – because of official paperwork.

David Concannon, an attorney and explorer who had a lucky escape when he pulled out of the adventure at the last minute, told NewsNation on Monday night that critical equipment that could help recover the missing Titan Vessel is currently thousands of miles away in the Guernsey Channel Islands.

The equipment is ready and waiting to be sent to the Atlantic Ocean to help find the missing sub, but can’t go anywhere until the US government authorises it.

“(They are) the same group, the experts, that did the advanced survey of the Titanic last year,” he said.

“They are mobilised. They’re sitting on the tarmac, ready to go. We have a ship off Newfoundland that is ready to take them to the site.”

While the five people on board are in a race for their lives, he said that the officials needed to sign off the rescue equipment aren’t showing the same level of urgency.

“This equipment has been on the tarmac for hours. When I communicate with the U.S. government, I get ‘out of office’ replies, not from everyone, but from key people that have a signoff on this,” he said.

Image of the OceanGate submersible (PA)

Image of the OceanGate submersible (PA)

“That’s unacceptable. I don’t want to discourage the government officials that are helping because they’re doing their jobs, but we need to do it quicker.”

With the clock ticking until the vessel runs out of oxygen, Mr Concannon hammered home that there isn’t the time to waste.

“We need to move. We do not have minutes or hours. We need to move now,” he said.

He added: “We have people whose lives are at stake. You have to move. We have assets that are ready to go and they’re sitting and waiting.”

Where is the Titanic wreckage?

Tuesday 20 June 2023 11:00 , Ariana Baio

IN PICTURES: The missing Titan submarine

Tuesday 20 June 2023 10:45 , Rachel Sharp

The OceanGate Expeditions submersible vessel named Titan (PA)

The OceanGate Expeditions submersible vessel named Titan (PA)

Generic picture of inside the missing vessel (PA)

Generic picture of inside the missing vessel (PA)

An undated image of the submersible on the surface of the water (PA)

An undated image of the submersible on the surface of the water (PA)

British billionaire missing on Titanic submarine gave eerie warning in Instagram post before dive

Tuesday 20 June 2023 10:30 , Rachel Sharp

A British billionaire who is feared to be on board the missing Titanic tourist submarine wrote a last post warning about temperamental weather conditions ahead of the mission.

Billionaire Hamish Harding, who has previously travelled on the Challenger Deep to the bottom of the ocean and on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin into space, posted on Instagram on Sunday to announce he was joining OceanGate Expeditions for their Titanic mission.

Read more here:

Brit billionaire missing on Titanic submarine gave eerie warning in post before dive

OceanGate Expeditions recently posted about Titanic wreckage trip

Tuesday 20 June 2023 10:15 , Graeme Massie

For years, tourists have been taking trips to visit the wreckage which now lies around 12,500 feet at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

OceanGate Expeditions, a company made up of undersea explorers, scientists, and filmmakers – offers eight-day missions to see the Titanic debris. The Independent has reached out to the company asking if the missing vessel is operated by them.

The organisation last posted on Twitter on 15 June, detailing its latest Titanic Expeditions.

“It’s been an incredibly busy two weeks! Thank you to all of our dive teams who’ve joined us – here’s a look at our Mission 3 and Mission 4 crew,” the company said.

Woman who completed lifelong dream to explore Titanic says she ‘lost it’ afterwards

Tuesday 20 June 2023 10:00 , Ariana Baio

One woman explains how she finally ended up visiting the famed Titanic wreck at its underwater grave after a near- lifelong obsession and what the surreal journey is actually like.

Sheila Flynn reports:

Woman who completed lifelong dream to explore Titanic says she ‘lost it’ afterwards

OceanGate adviser reveals lucky escape from joining failed trip

Tuesday 20 June 2023 09:50 , Rachel Sharp

An OceanGate Expeditions adviser has revealed his lucky escape from the failed trip to the depths of the ocean after he pulled out of the adventure at the last minute.

David Concannon, an attorney and explorer, posted on Facebook on Monday that he was forced to skip the submersible journey to the Titanic wreckage due to “another urgent client matter”.

“Dear Friends, Re: Titanic. As I posted last week I was supposed to be on this expedition and, indeed, on this dive, but I had to cancel to attend to another urgent client matter,” he said.

“Last night, I was called and asked to provide whatever assistance I could to ensure the safe return of everyone in the sub. Of course, I immediately agreed.I know you are concerned for the safety of me and everyone at sea, but PLEASE STOP calling, texting, messaging, and sending all other forms of communication during this critical time.

“You are interfering with more important communications that need to be made to resolve this situation as quickly and as safely as possible. Thank you! David”

Writer who took Titanic submersible trip last year says he’s ‘not optimistic’

Tuesday 20 June 2023 09:31 , Tara Cobham

A writer who took the Titanic submersible trip last year said he is “not optimistic” over the search for the missing OceanGate craft.

Mike Reiss told BBC Breakfast communication was also lost during his dive down to the Titanic.

Mr Reiss said: “I’m not optimistic just because I know the logistics of it. And I know really again, how vast the ocean is, and how very tiny the craft is.

He added: “So the idea is, if it’s down at the bottom, I don’t know how anyone’s going to be able to access it, much less bring it back up.

“There is a hope that it’s at, or near, the surface.

“I did three separate dives. I did one dive to the Titanic and two more off the coast of New York.

“Every time they lost communication and again, this is not a shoddy ship or anything.”

Expert on Titanic history ‘very worried about souls’ on board

Tuesday 20 June 2023 09:10 , Tara Cobham

An expert on the history of the Titanic has said he is “very worried about the souls” on board the missing submersible.

Tim Maltin, an author, historian and TV presenter said the tourists were in a difficult situation.

Mr Maltin said on BBC Breakfast: “If it’s near the Titanic it would be easier to find, but the problem is of course you can’t do a ship-to-ship transfer even, the pressure is absolutely intense.

“It’s nearly two miles miles down, it’s pitch black.

“So I also am very, very worried about the souls who are on board.”

He added: “I think they’re quite brave people who have been down there, but equally they know the risks but no one expects it to go wrong on your dive.”

Rescue operation will be very difficult due to depth of water – MOD

Tuesday 20 June 2023 08:50 , Tara Cobham

A rescue operation will be very difficult due to the depth of the water that the vessel is in, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) told The Independent.

While the UK has not been approached to assist, the MOD said initial reports indicate that the depths of water involved greatly exceed that which the NSRS Nato Submarine Rescue System can safely operate.

Possible scenarios that could have played after submersible went missing

Tuesday 20 June 2023 07:36 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Alistair Greig, a professor of marine engineering at University College London, said submersibles typically have a drop weight, which is “a mass they can release in the case of an emergency to bring them up to the surface using buoyancy.”

“If there was a power failure and/or communication failure, this might have happened, and the submersible would then be bobbing about on the surface waiting to be found,” Mr Greig said.

Another scenario is a leak in the pressure hull, in which case the prognosis is not good, he said.

“If it has gone down to the seabed and can’t get back up under its own power, options are very limited,” he said.

“While the submersible might still be intact, if it is beyond the continental shelf, there are very few vessels that can get that deep, and certainly not divers.”

Even if they could go that deep, he doubts they could attach to the hatch of OceanGate’s submersible.

Submersible made of titanium and filament wound carbon fibre

Tuesday 20 June 2023 06:37 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

The submersible, named Titan, is capable of diving 4,000 metres or 13,120 feet “with a comfortable safety margin”, according to its operator OceanGate Expeditions.

The sub weighs 9,072kg in the air, but is ballasted to be neutrally buoyant once it reaches the seafloor, the company said in its filing.

The Titan is made of “titanium and filament wound carbon fiber” and has proven to “withstand the enormous pressures of the deep ocean”, the company stated.

OceanGate told the court that Titan’s viewport is “the largest of any deep diving submersible” and that its technology provides an “unrivaled view” of the deep ocean.

In a May 2021 court filing, OceanGate said the Titan had an “unparalleled safety feature” that assesses the integrity of the hull throughout every dive.

At the time of the filing, Titan had undergone more than 50 test dives, including to the equivalent depth of the Titanic, in deep waters off the Bahamas and in a pressure chamber, the company said.

During its expedition in 2022, OceanGate reported that the submersible had a battery issue on its first dive, and had to be manually attached to its lifting platform, according to a November court filing.

“In the high sea state, the submersible sustained modest damage to its external components and OceanGate decided to cancel the second mission for repairs and operational enhancements,” the filing stated.

More missions, however, followed, with 28 people visiting the wreck site last year.

Missing Titanic submarine: Crew confirmed to be on board $250,000-a-trip vessel lost in Atlantic

Tuesday 20 June 2023 06:00 , Ariana Baio

A search is under way for a submersible which has gone missing in the Atlantic Ocean while taking visitors on tours of the Titanic wreck.

Lieutenant Jordan Hart of the US Coast Guard in Boston told CBS News there is a “search and rescue operation” underway off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said a Canadian military aircraft and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel are assisting the search.

Ariana Baio reports:

Crew confirmed to be aboard $250,000-a-trip Titanic sub lost in Atlantic

Inventor Stockton Rush assured him sub was ‘rock solid’, says passenger

Tuesday 20 June 2023 05:25 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

CBS journalist David Pogue, who went on board the Titan submersible last year, said that he was reassured the vessel was “rock solid” by its inventor.

“It is one of a kind submersible with five-inch thick carbon fibre,” he said.“I have to admit I had some qualms getting on that thing. A lot of the components were off the shelf, improvised. For example, you steer this sub with a game controller.

“The chief executive and inventor of the sub, Stockton Rush, reassured me that all the stuff may be improvised but the part you care about the capsule, the container that contains people and oxygen, was codesigned with Nasa and the University of Washington and it is rock solid.”

OceanGate Expeditions uses Elon Musk’s Starlink to maintain communications in ocean

Tuesday 20 June 2023 05:05 , Graeme Massie

OceanGate Expeditions uses Elon Musk’s Starlink to maintain communications while out in the ocean, the company revealed last month.

“Despite being in the middle of the North Atlantic, we have the internet connection we need to make our #Titanic dive operations a success – thank you @Starlink!” the company tweeted.

Why adventurers flocked to take OceanGate’s $250k Titantic expedition

Tuesday 20 June 2023 04:56 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

A massive marine search and rescue operation is underway for a missing tourist sub that disappeared on an expedition to view the Titanic wreckage.

British billionaire Hamish Harding, OceanGate Expeditions chief executive Stockton Rush and renowned French underwater explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet are feared to be among those onboard.

The company, which charges up to $250,000 to take guests to the Titanic site, has said it is “working toward the safe return of the crewmembers”.Renata Rojas, who was one of the passengers onboard the 2022 expedition, told The Independent in an interview that seeing the Titanic up close was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

“You’re feeling overwhelmed the entire time, not only because [of] just the fact that you were there … [but] as we were approaching the wreck, I was wowed. That was the feeling,” she said. Ms Rojas is currently on the Polar Prince.

Bevan Hurley reports.

Why adventurers flocked to OceanGate’s $250k Titantic expedition before tragedy hit

US lawmaker calls for Navy nuclear submarine to join search

Monday 19 June 2023 23:55 , Graeme Massie

Rep Brandon Williams, a Republican from New York, is a former Navy submariner himself.

“Don’t wait, get the best sonar operators in the world in a position to help rescue the lost submersible and its crew, while there is still hope,” he wrote on Twitter.

Where is the Titanic wreckage?

Monday 19 June 2023 23:00 , Ariana Baio

The RMS Titanic’s final resting spot is approximately 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada in the North Atlantic Ocean. It sank in 1912, killing approximately 1,500 people on board. Its coordinates are 41º43’32”N, 49º56’49”W.

Graig Graziosi reports:

Where is the Titanic wreckage?

Hamish Harding talks of bad weather in Instagram post before submarine went missing

Monday 19 June 2023 22:46 , Graeme Massie

“Due to the worst winter in Newfoundland in 40 years, this mission is likely to be the first and only manned mission to the Titanic in 2023. A weather window has just opened up and we are going to attempt a dive tomorrow,” he wrote on the platform.

“We started steaming from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada yesterday and are planning to start dive operations around 4am tomorrow morning. Until then we have a lot of preparations and briefings to do.”

Five people aboard missing submersible have 70 to 96 hours of oxygen left

Monday 19 June 2023 22:30 , Ariana Baio

The five people aboard the missing submersible in the North Atlantic Ocean have an estimated 70 to 96 hours of emergency oxygen left in their watercraft, the US Coast Guard said in a press conference on Monday afternoon.

The submersible went missing on Sunday morning shortly after it submerged while on an excursion to the Titanic wreckage.

The US and Canadian Coast Guard and deploying resources to quickly find the people aboard in the amount of time they estimate they have until it becomes a possibly fatal situation.

The watercraft has an estimated 96 hours of emergency oxygen left and Rear Admiral John Mauger believes the people inside the sub have anywhere from 70 to 96 hours left.

What is OceanGate Expeditions?

Monday 19 June 2023 22:00 , Ariana Baio

OceanGate Expeditions was founded in Washington state in 2009 by US adventurer and former investment banker Stockton Rush.

The trained aerospace engineer began offering underwater tours in specially designed submersible vessels that were developed with NASA.

In an interview with The Independent in 2017, he said he had originally wanted to become an astronaut but was later drawn to underwater exploration.

“In the vacuum of space, by definition there is nothing. That means a great view, but the final frontier for new life forms and discovery is undersea – for the next 200-300 years at least.”

Bevan Hurley reports:

What is OceanGate Expeditions? Company offering Titanic tours searches for vessel

US Coast Guard searching for sub 900 miles off coast of Cape Code

Monday 19 June 2023 19:15 , Ariana Baio

The US Coast Guard tweeted that some of their crew is currently searching for an “overdue Canadian research submarine” approximately 900 miles from Cape Code, Massachusettes.

The Titanic shipwreck is located approximately 1,000 miles from Cape Cod in the North Atlanic Ocean.

What happened to the Titanic?

Monday 19 June 2023 16:15 , Rachel Sharp

The Titanic, operated by the White Star Line, sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean back in 1912.

The ship – the largest at the time – set sail from Southampton, UK, on 10 April 1912, with more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board.

Five days into its voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean.

More than 1,500 people died.

The Titanic (Getty)

The Titanic (Getty)

Titanic tourist submarine goes missing in the Atlantic Ocean

Monday 19 June 2023 15:19 , Rachel Sharp

A submersible used to take visitors on a tour of the Titanic wreck has gone missing in the Atlantic Ocean, the 1st District Northeast Coast Guard told the BBC on Monday.

Small submersibles, or watercrafts designed to operate underwater that may be different from a submarine, often take visitors on tours of the famous shipwreck.

The Titanic shipwreck sits 12,500 feet at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

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Titanic tourist sub goes missing in the Atlantic Ocean