Titanic tourist submarine goes missing in Atlantic Ocean sparking search operation
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A search operation is currently underway for a tourist submersible that has gone missing with several people on board, including a billionaire explorer. The incident occurred during an expedition to explore the wreck of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean off south-eastern Canada.

The expedition was being conducted by OceanGate Expeditions, and it was their fifth mission to the Titanic in 2023. Participants paid a substantial fee of $US250,000 per person for the eight-day adventure, which began in Newfoundland and traveled 640km to reach the wreckage site.

The submersible called the Titan, is a 6.7m vehicle that can accommodate five people and is capable of reaching depths of up to 4,000m. It takes approximately two hours for the submersible to descend to the ocean floor where the Titanic rests.

The incident occurred when contact with the submersible was lost less than two hours into the dive. The US coast guard reported that the submersible lost contact with the boat on the surface, known as the Polar Prince. Search-and-rescue operations involving US and Canadian authorities are currently underway, including aerial and surface searches.

OceanGate Expeditions issued a statement expressing their focus on the crewmembers and their families, stating that they are mobilizing all available options to locate the submersible. The exact number of people on board is still unclear, with some sources reporting five crew members and others suggesting that there may be tourists among them.

Among the missing individuals is British billionaire aviation captain Hamish Harding, who had posted on Facebook about his plans to be aboard the submersible. His family has requested thoughts and prayers while emphasizing the need for privacy during this challenging time.

The search for the missing submersible and its occupants continues as authorities and deep-sea companies collaborate in the effort. The story of the Titanic’s tragic sinking in 1912 has captured the imagination of people worldwide, and expeditions like this one offer a unique opportunity to explore its remains and pay homage to the lives lost.

source: with agencies

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