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Submarine that carries tourists to visit the Titanic has gone missing

By T.K. Randall
June 19, 2023 · Comment icon 275 comments

Artist's depiction of the sinking of the Titanic. Image Credit: Public Domain
Another maritime disaster is potentially brewing as search and rescue efforts get underway.
Situated 13,000ft beneath the surface of the Atlantic, the wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 and has since served as a humbling reminder of the disaster that claimed over 1,500 lives.

There have been several visitors to the wreck over the years including movie director James Cameron who used some of the footage he captured in his 1997 blockbuster Titanic.

Thanks to modern technology, however, it could be argued that access to the wreck has become a little too convenient, with some arguing that it should simply be left alone.
Fast-forward to the present and now one of the submarines that is used to carry passengers down to see the Titanic has reportedly gone missing, sparking a search and rescue operation.

Believed to be operated by OceanGate Expeditions which charges $250,000 for an 8-day expedition, the carbon-fibre submersible offers what is billed as a "chance to step outside of everyday life."

It is unclear whether or not there are currently passengers aboard the missing sub, although some reports suggest that there could be as many as five people onboard.

At the time of writing, the company has yet to comment on the situation.

Source: BBC News | Comments (275)

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Comment icon #266 Posted by susieice 10 months ago
I was watching TV and heard on some news program that OceanGate's website was still up so I looked for it. I spent some time looking around it. That sub had full capacity to video the trip, if it's cameras survived. The site shows other dives they had made and some that were being planned. I posted what was written about this Titanic trip but you can look around the site and see trips and videos they had made.
Comment icon #267 Posted by pellinore 10 months ago
I've just come across this, which is an interesting read: Now as the world mourns the tragic loss of five lives and debates the sea-worthiness of the vehicle and all the wrongs the company OceanGate did, let us recall the story about a dramatic rescue that happened fifty years ago when another submersible sank to the ocean floor sparking a 76-hour international rescue operation. The World's Deepest Submarine Rescue | Amusing Planet
Comment icon #268 Posted by Jon the frog 10 months ago
Probably broke the world record of the the youngest lad to have died at this depth... 
Comment icon #269 Posted by pellinore 10 months ago
It seems that the crew of the Titan had 20 minutes to know things had gone wrong, it wasn't a case of them knowing nothing about the disaster:  
Comment icon #270 Posted by susieice 10 months ago
What language is the man in that video speaking in? The Polar Prince was registered in Canada. CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert was a Canadian Coast Guard light icebreaker and now a privately owned Arctic icebreaker Polar Prince. The ship entered service with the Department of Transport Marine Service in 1959 and transferred to the newly created Canadian Coast Guard in 1962, active until 1986. The icebreaker was sold to private interests in Newfoundland and the ship sat idle after 2001 until resold in 2009 to GTX Technology Canada Limited and renamed P... [More]
Comment icon #271 Posted by susieice 10 months ago
There had been fake trans going around. Can't find a website other than this one that even mentions this being online. James Cameron had said the sub was probably trying to surface when it imploded.
Comment icon #272 Posted by Antigonos 10 months ago
Comment icon #273 Posted by susieice 10 months ago
This was posted all over twitter but proven to be false.
Comment icon #274 Posted by Antigonos 10 months ago
Yeah I saw that, that’s why I deleted
Comment icon #275 Posted by susieice 10 months ago
Just be careful with what you see going around out there. We aren't going to see any pictures or get any info unless the Coast Guard releases it. As the investigation goes on, they will.

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