Boston Coast Guard Conducting Search For Missing Titanic Submarine
This U.S. Coast Guard in Boston is leading a search for the missing submarine in the Atlantic Ocean that brought tourists to the Titanic wreckage site. Coast Guard officials stated early today that the submarine was confirmed missing by its owner, OceanGate Expeditions.
USA Today reported that OceanGate told the BBC, “We are exploring and (mobilizing) all options to bring the crew back safely. Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families.”
CNN shared details on what exactly OceanGate’s Titanic expedition entails. “The eight-day expedition is based out of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The trip begins with a 400-nautical-mile journey to the wreck site,” they explain.
OceanGate’s adventure to explore the world’s most famous shipwreck allows five people on the submarine. They are a pilot, a content expert, and three guests. Their submarine is named the “Titan.” In addition, it is the only submarine of its kind that is capable of making the trip to the Titanic site.
The Twitter account for the US Coast Guard Northeast tweeted almost an hour ago that, “A USCG C-130 crew is searching for an overdue Canadian research submarine approximately 900 miles off #CapeCod. For more info and inquiries, please email email@example.com.”
Their most recent update states, “Rescue Coordination Center Halifax is assisting with a P8 Poseidon aircraft in the search. The P8 has underwater detection capabilities.”
The Titanic wreckage site where this submarine was headed is about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. However, the Titanic, which sank in 1912, lies about 12,500 feet underwater. The Titan expedition is $250,000 per seat. Moreover, it is believed to have enough oxygen for a four-day trip.
Currently, there has not been contact with the submarine for over seven hours. Furthermore, there was a crew on board, but no information has been shared at this time in regards to who exactly is missing and aboard the submarine that the US Coast Guard out of Boston is searching for.
For additional information as it becomes available, you can follow the US Coast Guard Northeast here.