Thursday (June 22) debris from the submarine has been found near the Titanic wreckage site. The debris is indicative of an implosion of the sub, and coast guards believe that the implosion is what killed the passengers. The five passengers include OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Sulemon Dawood, and the pilot Paul-Henry Nargeolet.
Yesterday the coast guard reported hearing banging in the Atlantic Ocean where they believed the sub had gone. Now, they believe the banging was coming from the vessel’s debris. Efforts have been in progress since Sunday (June 18) to locate the vessel in hopes of rescuing its passengers. Multiple countries including the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom worked together over the past few days to scour the oceans.
The voyage has been done once before in July 2022, and the submarine’s ability to make the journey was questioned. The communication system from the vessel to the control panel was slow and lost communication for about five hours.
Numerous times Rush was warned about the safety risks of the vessel. A former worker informed him that the window could not withstand the pressure of the water. On another occasion, in a 2018 report, David Lochridge director of marine operations, stated the vessel needed more development and testing. Lochridge warned that anyone on board would be in danger in extreme depths.
It is a tragedy that this planned exploration ended in this manner. We send condolences to the families and friends of those afflicted.
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