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Titanic Submersible Disappearance: Unraveling the Deep-Sea Mystery

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As the world watches, a tragic mystery unfolds in the depths of the Atlantic, over 900 nautical miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A submersible vessel, part of an OceanGate Expeditions tour, has disappeared while on a mission to explore the wreckage of the Titanic. Three of the five people onboard have been identified: British billionaire and owner of Action Aviation, Hamish Harding, prominent Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his son Suleman Dawood. The identities of the other two individuals onboard remain unknown at this time.

Titanic Submersible Disappearance

Dubbed Titan, the submersible was last in contact with the research vessel Polar Prince on Sunday before its disappearance. The U.S. Coast Guard has since been engaged in a desperate search for the missing vessel. Titan, which could carry up to 96 hours of oxygen supply, was only on its third voyage since the tour began in 2021. The price of a seat on one of these unique underwater experiences is a whopping $250,000.

While this is the first time Titan has gone missing, it’s not the first time the vessel has encountered difficulty. CBS correspondent David Pogue shared that during an expedition last year, Titan had become “lost on the sea floor for about 5 hours.” However, during that incident, communication between the Titan and its mother ship remained open, and the vessel was eventually located.

A point of concern raised in light of this incident is Titan’s lack of classification by an independent group that sets safety standards for chartered vessels. OceanGate stated in a 2019 blog post that Titan was not classed due to its innovative technology that “falls outside of the existing industry paradigm.” This absence of classification could mean Titan may not have met certain safety standards in areas such as buoyancy, number of life rafts, and hull materials.

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Pengfei Liu, a professor of marine hydrodynamics at Britain’s Newcastle University, commented on the lack of a signal from Titan, calling it “very worrying.” In normal circumstances, a submersible should send out a signal every few minutes. The reasons for the signal outage could range from equipment failure due to an existing defect, depleted power, or external damage. A worst-case scenario would be the collapse of the submersible’s hull under the extreme pressure of the ocean depths, which would leave no chance of survival.

As search and rescue operations continue, the world waits with bated breath for more news on the fate of Titan and its passengers. This event stands as a stark reminder of the inherent dangers of delving into the mysteries of the deep sea, even more than a hundred years after the Titanic’s tragic descent.

OceanGate Expeditions

OceanGate Expeditions is a unique company that offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the Titanic wreckage via a submersible vessel. The company’s tours, which began in 2021, provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to descend nearly 4,000 meters below the Atlantic Ocean to the site where the iconic ship sank over a century ago.

Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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