The nail-biting search for the Titan, a 21ft submersible operated by OceanGate Expeditions, drew to a devastating close today when a remote operated submarine from a Canadian ship found broken pieces of it on the ocean floor, MailOnline reports.
The nail-biting search for the Titan, a 21ft submersible operated by OceanGate Expeditions, drew to a devastating close today when a remote operated submarine from a Canadian ship found broken pieces of it on the ocean floor.
This afternoon, Rear Admiral John Mauger of the US Coast Guard confirmed the ‘worst case scenario’ that the men – three tourists and two crew – died in a ‘catastrophic implosion’.
It would have been an instant death for the men, some of whom had paid $250,000 each to see the famous shipwreck.
In addition to the landing frame and rear cover that were the first pieces of debris detected, the ROV submarine also found fragments of the pressure hull – the main body of the submersible.
‘The debris is consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber. Upon this determination we immediately notified the families. On behalf of the Coast Guard and the entire unified command, I offer my deepest condolences to the families,’ Rear Admiral Mauger said.
The prospect of recovering any of the victims’ remains is slim.
‘This is an incredibly unforgiving environment down there. The debris is consistent of a catastrophic implosion of the vessel.. we’ll continue to work and search the area down there – but I don’t have an answer for prospects at this time.’
It is impossible to know when the sub imploded, Mauger added, though none of the sonar buoys that have been in the water since Monday have detected an implosion sound.