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Debris field discovery confirms that the Titan submersible has been lost

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2023 · Comment icon 275 comments

The remains of the sub have been found. Image Credit: OceanGate
Search and rescue officials have revealed that parts of the missing sub have been found on the ocean floor.
Earlier today, it was revealed that a remote-operated vehicle that had been searching for the missing submersible and its crew had discovered a 'debris field' within the vicinity of the Titanic wreck.

Now Rear Adm John Mauger, the First Coast Guard District commander, has issued a statement confirming that several major components of the sub, including the tail cone and both ends of the pressure chamber, had been positively identified within the debris.

This is "consistent with a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber," he added.

It is probable that the sub was destroyed several days ago, most likely at the time at which contact was lost.

"We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost," OceanGate said in a statement.
"These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world's oceans. Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time. We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.

This is an extremely sad time for our dedicated employees who are exhausted and grieving deeply over this loss. The entire OceanGate family is deeply grateful for the countless men and women from multiple organizations of the international community who expedited wide-ranging resources and have worked so very hard on this mission.

We appreciate their commitment to finding these five explorers, and their days and nights of tireless work in support of our crew and their families.

This is a very sad time for the entire explorer community, and for each of the family members of those lost at sea.

We respectfully ask that the privacy of these families be respected during this most painful time."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (275)

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Comment icon #266 Posted by susieice 5 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 5 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 5 months ago
Probably broke the world record of the the youngest lad to have died at this depth... 
Comment icon #269 Posted by pellinore 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago
Comment icon #273 Posted by susieice 5 months ago
This was posted all over twitter but proven to be false.
Comment icon #274 Posted by Antigonos 5 months ago
Yeah I saw that, that’s why I deleted
Comment icon #275 Posted by susieice 5 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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