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Submarine on expedition to Titanic wreck goes missing, "search and rescue operation" underway

Richard Cranium

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Feb 20, 2012
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I hate to say it, but if they haven't come up yet, they're dead.

A search and rescue mission was underway Monday for a submarine that went missing in the North Atlantic on an expedition to explore the wreckage of the Titanic. Lt. Jordan Hart of the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston told CBS News that personnel were "currently undergoing a search and rescue operation" when asked about the rescue efforts off the coast of Newfoundland.

"The 5 person crew submerged Sunday morning, and the crew of the Polar Prince" — the ship that ferried the submersible and expedition members to the dive site — "lost contact with them approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes into the vessel's dive," the Coast Guard said in a tweet.

OceanGate Expeditions, a company that deploys manned submersibles for deep sea expeditions, confirmed in a statement that its sub was the subject of the rescue operation, adding that it was "exploring and mobilizing all options to bring the crew back safely."

File photo of the OceanGate Explorations' submersible
The company did not say how many people were on board the missing vessel or whether any of them were paying tourists, whom it does take as passengers on its expeditions.

"Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families," said OceanGate, adding that it was "deeply thankful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to reestablish contact with the submersible."

The U.S. Coast Guard said it had a C-130 crew searching for the sub approximately 900 miles off Cape Cod, and that the Rescue Coordination Center Halifax is assisting with a P8 Poseidon aircraft, which has underwater detection capabilities.

The Coast Guard first alerted mariners Sunday night that a "21 foot submarine" with a white hull was overdue, giving its last known position. "VESSELS IN VICINITY REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT, ASSIST IF POSSIBLE," the message said.

Map showing the point where the RMS Titanic sank
A map shows the point where the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, on April 15, 1912, about 380 miles southeast of the Newfoundland, Canada coast and some 1,300 miles east of its destination in New York City.GETTY/ISTOCKPHOTO
Contacted by CBS News, the Canadian Coast Guard said the rescue operation was being managed by the Boston Regional Coordination Center, and a map showing jurisdictions for the various coastal search and rescue agencies off the North American coast shows the location of the Titanic wreck within the Boston center's area of responsibility.

OceanGate recently said on its website and social media feeds that an expedition to the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which lies about 400 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast, was "underway."

Earlier this month, OceanGate said on Twitter that it was using satellite company Starlink to help maintain communications with its expedition to the Titanic.

"Despite being in the middle of the North Atlantic, we have the internet connection we need to make our Titanic dive operations a success — thank you Starlink," the tweet said. The company's website advertises seven-night voyages to see the Titanic wreckage priced at $250,000.

The company last tweeted about the Titanic expedition on June 15.

On Saturday, British businessman Hamish Harding shared on Facebook that he was among the group on the OceanGate expedition that had departed from St. Johns, Newfoundland, the day before, BBC News reported. "The team on the sub has a couple of legendary explorers, some of which have done over 30 dives to the RMS Titanic since the 1980s," Harding wrote. He said it was "likely to be the first and only manned mission to the Titanic in 2023" due to weather conditions, and that the team planned to start dive operations at around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Harding is a veteran adventure tourist who traveled to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket last year.

Diver and explorer Rory Golden also posted about being on the Titanic expedition. In a Facebook post Monday afternoon, he wrote: "I'm OK. We are all focussed on board here for our friends."

He continued: "We have a situation that is now the part of a major Search and Rescue effort, being undertaken by major agencies. That is where our focus is right now.

"The reaction and offers of help globally is truly astonishing, and only goes to show the real goodness in people at a time like this."

OceanGate's submersible, The Titan, is the only five-person sub in the world capable of reaching the Titanic wreck, which sits 2.4 miles below the sea surface. CBS News "Sunday Mornings" correspondent David Pogue joined the crew of the vessel, along with a small group of intrepid tourists, for a journey to see the world's most famous shipwreck last year.

As he got situated in the vessel, which he said had about as much room inside as a minivan, Pogue said he "couldn't help noticing how many pieces of this sub seemed improvised, with off-the-shelf components," including a video game controller that was used to pilot the sub.
Expensive way to die... but I've seen movies where all hope was lost and they made it back up. Doubtful...someone touched the wrong thing.
At that depth, they were crushed like a beer can.
The Titanic is 12,000' down. When you start getting close to that one pinhole, hiccup, or failure is implosion. RIP.
just lost or just no communications at this point
they didn't come up as planned

saw the Military Navy (Canada & USAN) is involved too
they don't know what happened

they may be like a bobber floating on topside for all they know
or dead at 12,000+ ft sitting by the Titanic they went to see :popcorn2:

Maybe they need a 'new batteries or a completely new 'Nintendo controller'
sorry that's of bad taste

it's a huge ocean with every changing currents
they could be anywhere
they could be having difficulties, unforeseen way out there **** too

"allegedly" they can't communicate
thru a certain layer on decent & ascents either could be stuck in limbo
trying to ascend/come back up, when they released the ballast
or something like that
safety overrides "allegedly"

lots of **** it could be

It's a bunch of rich people, $250k (each ?) to do it
getting some serious drama in their lives right now,
they wanted a once in a lifetime adventure, they got that now
I heard a hr or so ago, they got about 62 hrs of oxygen left,
before the CO2 scrubbers stop doing their jobs,
only a matter of time if they are still down there

like I said before;
"they may be a bobber floating on the surface around the 'North Atlantic'
right now too
they (people searching) don't have a clue where/how they are,
the people in the sub maybe lost too

lots of scenarios
none of which are confirmed as for now

it's all speculations

we'll know in less than 2.5 days now, by about Wed. when fresh oxygen runs out
or CO2 scrubber can't keep up
unless they are floating topside out there somewhere
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Wow, just read that CBS news link posted above of reporter David Pogue on a previous "mission".

Sounds like a real cowboy operation, not surprised they've run into trouble.
Wow, just read that CBS news link posted above of reporter David Pogue on a previous "mission".

Sounds like a real cowboy operation, not surprised they've run into trouble.
Pogue also said that “there is no way to get out” unless someone on the outside opens it. Reminds me of the three Astronauts who burned in that training incident. No way out. That changed after that.

Poor Bastards.
Let's remember that a reporter is paid to write hype! A 330 Airbus also has a "joy stick out of a Nitendo game controller".
Let's remember that a reporter is paid to write hype! A 330 Airbus also has a "joy stick out of a Nitendo game controller".
True, but he could have hyped it up in a positive way "the company & operation is very professional, safety is assured, the control center knows where we are at every second etc". Instead he wrote it like it was a backyard company. There must have been some reason for this...
"Rescue mission" my ***.
Call it like it is.
They're dead.
2 1/2 miles down on the ocean floor.
R.I.P. all.
Why isn't that treated like other shipwrecks and sacred? Oh, never mind....money.
Why isn't that treated like other shipwrecks and sacred? Oh, never mind....money.
Have you seen where WWII shipwrecks are being scavenged? Maybe it's best they quit identifying the sites.... Let them RIP....

12500ft, RIP ya'll. What remains is there to rescue? At that pressure, the bodies are dust.
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