Coast Guard: Debris field discovered in search area near Titanic
By The Headlines, June 22, 2023 | 07:01 PM
US Coast Guard reports that a robotic deep-sea craft hunting for a lost tourist submersible on the ocean bottom close to the Titanic catastrophe has found a "debris field".
The organization stated on Twitter that experts are evaluating the data acquired by the remotely operated vehicle that was launched from a Canadian ship, but it provided no more information.
According to reports, during the search, the "landing frame and cover" of the lost submersible were discovered.
This morning, when it was believed that the five people aboard the 6.7-meter Titan submarine were in danger of running out of oxygen, the frenzied search had reached a crucial point.
At 8 a.m. local time (1 p.m. Irish time) on Sunday, the van-sized Titan, operated by US-based OceanGate Expeditions, started what was supposed to be a two-hour descent but lost communication with its support ship.
According to the business, the submersible had 96 hours of air when was launched, so if the Titan is still intact, the oxygen would have likely run out by this morning. When exactly depends on things like whether the ship still has electricity and how calm everyone on board is, according to experts.
Today, a second robot from a French research ship descended toward the ocean below to look for Titan submersible remnants.
Even if found in time, recovering the submersible from more than two miles below the surface would be extremely difficult logistically.
When the US Coast Guard said Wednesday that Canadian search planes had captured underwater noises using sonar buoys earlier that day and on Tuesday, rescuers and family members of the Titan's five passengers were hopeful.
However, remote-controlled underwater vehicles sent to the area where the sounds were heard failed to turn up anything, and authorities warned that the sounds might not have been from the Titan.
It may also be difficult to find the Titan amid the wreck.