Tragic Loss: All Five Passengers On Board Missing ‘Titan Submersible’ Declared Dead
Written by Sanjay Kumar
OceanGate announced on Thursday (June 22) that all five members of the missing Titan submarine are presumed to be deceased. In their statement, the company expressed their belief that Stockton Rush, the CEO, along with Shahzada Dawood, Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet have tragically been lost.
OceanGate paid tribute to these individuals as true explorers who possessed a shared spirit of adventure and a deep commitment to exploring and preserving the world’s oceans. They extended their heartfelt condolences to the families of the five individuals and acknowledged the profound loss they have experienced. OceanGate mourned the lives and the joy these individuals brought to everyone who knew them.
The Titan submersible, developed by OceanGate Inc., was specifically designed to transport a crew of five to a depth of 4,000 meters for the purpose of exploring the site of the Titanic wreck. However, the submarine went missing off the coast of St. John’s, Newfoundland on Sunday. Approximately one hour and thirty minutes after its descent, the communication systems of the submersible began to fail.
During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson from the Coast Guard confirmed that debris found near the Titanic wreckage belonged to the Titan. The recovered pieces included a nose cone located outside the pressure hull, about 1,600 feet away from the submerged Titanic bow. The Coast Guard spokesperson stated that the debris matched the pattern of a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber.
The families of the crew members were promptly informed of this determination, and the spokesperson conveyed the deepest condolences on behalf of the United States Coast Guard. It was further explained that a “catastrophic implosion” likely occurred, making it highly unlikely that the bodies of the five individuals would be recovered due to the harsh underwater environment, which offers little forgiveness.
The crew of the Titan submarine consisted of Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate; Hamish Harding, a British businessman; Shahzada Dawood, a British-Pakistani businessman, and his 19-year-old son, Suleman; as well as Paul-Henri Nargeole, a former French Navy diver. These individuals embarked on their voyage aboard the submersible on Sunday.
OceanGate expressed deep sadness for their dedicated employees who are grieving and emotionally exhausted as a result of this loss. The entire OceanGate family expressed gratitude for the tremendous efforts of countless individuals from various organizations within the international community. These organizations provided extensive resources and worked tirelessly in support of the mission to locate the five explorers.
OceanGate acknowledged their commitment and the countless hours they spent working day and night to aid the crew and their families. The company also recognized the sadness experienced by the entire exploration community and the families of those lost at sea. They requested that the privacy of these families be respected during this painful time.
Despite a search effort led by the U.S. Coast Guard covering an area of 10,000 square miles, no significant findings were made apart from the recovered debris. Search teams diligently combed the ocean’s surface and the seabed in the hope of locating the submarine. An underwater search was carried out using a remote-operated vehicle, and the Polar Prince tugboat, the submersible’s mother vessel, played a vital role throughout the search and rescue operations.
OceanGate introduced the Titan in 2019, offering tickets priced at $250,000 each. The company’s Titanic Expedition aimed to conduct scientific and technological surveys of the wreck, as detailed on its website.
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