DISAPPEARANCE OF TITANIC TOURIST SUBMERSIBLE PROMPTS SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION
In a startling turn of events, a tourist submersible utilized for exploring the wreckage of the Titanic has gone missing in the vast Atlantic Ocean. The Boston Coastguard has confirmed the initiation of a search and rescue mission off the coast of Newfoundland, with the fate of the submersible and its occupants still uncertain.
These small submersibles, catering to paying tourists and experts alike, facilitate breathtaking expeditions to the depths of the ocean, allowing individuals to witness the haunting remains of the Titanic lying approximately 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) below the water’s surface.
OceanGate Expeditions, a private company specializing in deep-sea explorations, has confirmed that the missing submersible belongs to them and that individuals were on board at the time of disappearance. They are tirelessly working towards ensuring the safe return of the crewmembers, expressing their utmost concern for their well-being and the welfare of their families.
The company, known for organizing exclusive eight-day expeditions to the Titanic wreck, charges guests a staggering $250,000 (£195,270) for the opportunity to partake in this extraordinary journey. Promoting the trip as a chance to escape the monotony of everyday life and encounter something truly remarkable, OceanGate Expeditions aims to provide a unique and awe-inspiring experience for its clientele.
Currently, one expedition is underway, and two more have been planned for June 2024, as stated on the company’s website. The submersible in question is designed to accommodate a total of five individuals, typically comprising a pilot, three paying guests, and an accompanying content expert.
A complete dive to the wreckage, encompassing the descent and ascent, reportedly spans eight hours. The Titanic, resting at a depth of 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) on the ocean floor, lies approximately 600 kilometers (370 miles) off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
Renowned as the largest ship of its time, the ill-fated passenger liner met its tragic demise in 1912 when it struck an iceberg during its inaugural voyage from Southampton to New York. With over 2,200 passengers and crew members aboard, the disaster claimed the lives of more than 1,500 individuals.
Since the discovery of the Titanic wreck in 1985, extensive explorations have taken place, revealing the ship’s remnants in two parts—the bow and the stern—separated by a distance of approximately 800 meters (2,600 feet). Surrounding the fractured vessel, a vast debris field serves as a haunting reminder of the tragedy that unfolded.
Recently, a significant milestone was achieved in the form of the first full-sized digital scan of the wreck. This meticulous scan, generated using deep-sea mapping technology, offers a comprehensive view of the ship’s scale, capturing even minute details such as the serial number on one of the propellers, further enhancing our understanding of this iconic maritime disaster.