Titan is a submersible that is operated by OceanGate however tragedy fell on 18 June 2023 as the submersible disappeared in international waters in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean vessel was carrying five who are part of a tourist expedition to observe the wreckage of the Titanic. Communication was lost with the Titan for about 1 hour and 45 mins into its dive to the Titanic wreck site.
A search and recuse mission as well as the authorities were alerted after the Submersible failed to resurface at the scheduled time later that day.
OceanGate is a private company that was founded in 2009 by Stockton Rush and Guillermo Söhnlein. The company 2010 has been transporting customers in commercial submersibles off the coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
OceanGate is currently based in Everett, Washington United States of America. Rush had an idea that visiting shipwreck sites is a way of getting media attention and in 2016 the company had its first expedition of visiting a shipwreck.
The Cyclops 1 submarine was used to visit the Andrea Doria wreck site. Rush in an interview in 2019 with Smithsonian magazine revealed that “There's only one wreck that everyone knows and if you ask people to name something underwater it's going to be Sharks, Whales, and Titanic.
What Happened To The Bodies On The Titan Sub?
The Titan Submersible lost contact after about 1 hour and 45 mins after submerging in the North Atlantic Ocean and a rescue search began after it had failed to resurface at the scheduled time. After about nearly 80 hours of search, a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) discovered a debris field containing parts of the Titan.
The debris was found approximately 488 meters from the bow of the Titanic which suggested that the submarine might have imploded. The findings were carried out by the United States Navy's declassified Sonar detection of an Implosion in the area on the day of the expedition.
The submersible had imploded shortly after the Titan began its descent which resulted in the death of the passengers. Many concerns have been raised about the safety of the vessel. Reports making round is that executives of the Titan did not seek certification for the Titan and that safety protocols also hindered innovation.
The search and rescue operation was carried out by an international team which was led by the United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, and the Canadian Coast Guard. The recuse mission was also supported by aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Air National Guard, and the Royal Canadian Navy ship and other research vessels.
Who Are The Victims Of The Submersible?
The Submersible carried five occupants including one of the founding chief executives of OceanGate. Those inside the Submersible include
Stock Rush is an American Submeraible pilot and well-known businessman. He is the chief executive and founding member of OceanGate
Paul Nargeolet is a former French Navy commander, diver, and submersible pilot. He is also a member of the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea and director of underwater research for E/M Group and RMS Titanic Inc which owns salvage rights to the wreckage site.
Hamish Harding is a British businessman, aviator, and space tourist. He had previously dived into the Marian Trench and had broken a Guinness World Record for a circumnavigation of the Earth. He also flew into space in 2022 on a Blue Origin NS-21.
Shahzada Dawood is a Pakistani-British businessman of the Dawood Hercules Corporation. He is known to be one of the wealthiest people in Pakistan.
Suleman Dawood is the son of Shahzada Dawood who is a student at the University of Strathclyde.