The US Coast Guard has released an announcement on the discovery of the missing OceanGate submersible, but it is bad news because all people onboard died.
The deep-sea submersible set off on Sunday with five passengers on board to explore the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and locate the Titanic debris. However, after plunging for one hour and forty-five minutes, all communication was lost, prompting a hunt for the Titan submersible.
Despite considerable attempts over several days, the last glimmer of hope came on Wednesday when Canadian planes reported hearing a mystery “banging noise” coming from the authorized search area.
The story ultimately took a depressing turn when a Canadian naval vessel discovered the submersible’s fragmented remains lying 1,600 feet distant from the Titanic wreckage on the seafloor. The Titan and the people aboard may have suffered a disastrous “catastrophic implosion” as evidenced by the discovery of major fragments, including the tail cone and pressure hull, which was confirmed by the US Coast Guard.
Among those killed were Hamish Harding, a British billionaire and adventurous explorer, Shahzada Dawood, a Pakistani businessman accompanied by his British son Suleman, and French oceanographer Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
“The debris found aligns with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber,” said Rear Admiral John Mauger, representing the First Coast Guard District. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the crew.”
OceanGate, in a solemn statement, expressed their belief that their CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood, Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet have sadly perished. The company paid tribute to these courageous individuals as true explorers who shared an unwavering spirit of adventure and a profound commitment to the exploration and preservation of our planet’s oceans.