Submarine searching for Titanic wreck vanishes in the Atlantic

Submarine searching for Titanic wreck vanishes in the Atlantic
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A submarine on a tourist mission to examine the Titanic ruins off the coast of Southeast Canada has vanished.

A short statement from OceanGate Expeditions stated that the company was "mobilizing all options" to save people on board. It was unclear how many persons were missing at the time.

Requests for a response from the US Coast Guard were not immediately fulfilled. According to media reports, the Coast Guard has begun search and rescue efforts.

In an endeavour to restore communication with the submersible, many government agencies and deep water businesses have provided substantial support, which OceanGate is extremely grateful for.

The fifth Titanic "mission" of 2023 is presently underway and was supposed to begin last week and end on Thursday.

The expedition, which starts in St. John's, Newfoundland, and costs $250,000 per person, travels around 400 miles into the Atlantic to the debris location, as per the OceanGate website.

Passengers board Titan, a five-person submersible, and descend to the Titanic for around two hours in order to explore the wreck.

In 1912, the Belfast-built passenger ship tragically sank during her first trip after colliding with an iceberg, killing over 1,500 passengers. Both nonfiction and fiction publications, as well as the 1997 hit film Titanic, have memorialized the tale.