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An underwater ship with people disappeared near the Titanic - there is only enough air for 4 days

Right now in the Atlantic Ocean is underwaysearch and rescue operation - a submarine with tourists who went to explore the sunken Titanic was lost there. Rescuers report that the bathyscaphe with five people disappeared on June 18, ceasing to give signals 1 hour and 45 minutes after the dive. This happened 700 kilometers from the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Perhaps the capsule with people is at a depth of 3,800 meters, but it is possible that it floats on the surface - there is no exact data. In any case, tourists and ship personnel are in danger because the door can only be opened from the outside, and the air inside will only last 96 hours. If the bathyscaphe is not found in time, people could die by Thursday.

A bathyscaphe with five people disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean - if they are found, they may die in a few days

Expeditions to the sunken Titanic

Organizer of expeditions to the wreck of the Titanicis OceanGate. You may have already read about this organization in the article “What does the Titanic look like today?” - in it, we said that she regularly assesses the condition of the legendary liner. To dive to the wreck, the company uses a Titan submersible the size of a truck. The vessel weighs 10,432 kilograms, can carry five people, and is the only vessel at OceanGate's disposal that can dive to depths of up to 3.9 kilometers. Inside it has equipment that can keep the crew alive for 96 hours - that's exactly 4 days.

Submarine OceanGate Titan

Expedition to the "Titan" begins in the Canadianthe city of St. John's, located on the island of Newfoundland. The OceanGate Titan submarine is loaded onto the Polar Prince ship and sails to the place where the wrecked liner lies - as mentioned above, it is located seven hundred kilometers from the island. The expedition lasts eight days and includes a dive to a depth of 3,800 meters. A single ticket costs $250,000.

The ship Polar Prince, without which expeditions to the Titanic would have been impossible

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Search for the missing bathyscaphe OceanGate

During the expedition on June 19, at first everything went according toplan - the ship Polar Prince sailed to the place under which the Titanic lies. However, about an hour and a half after the descent into the water, the Titan ship with people on board stopped giving signals. Due to the fact that the GPS system and radio do not work underwater, the support team on the ship can only receive short text messages from the bathyscaphe when they are directly above it. But there is no connection, which means that the submarine has gone off the route.

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Missing site of the OceanGate Titan submarine

According to Rear Admiral John Mauger ofThe US Coast Guard, at the moment, two aircraft and a submarine are searching for the missing OceanGate submersible. Rescuers also use a sonar buoy - a device that emits sound waves and helps to find objects under water. The search and rescue operation is complicated by the fact that the search site is very far from land. Rescuers are doing everything to find the lost ship, because there is little oxygen in it, and people will not be able to get out on their own - the door is bolted from the outside.

Report on the search for the missing OceanGate bathyscaphe

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List of those who disappeared during the expedition to the Titanic

One of the crew members of the missing bathyscapheis 58-year-old billionaire Hamish Harding. He is best known as the founder of Action Aviation, a commercial aviation sales and operations company. The day before the dive, he wrote on social media that he was participating in "probably the first and only manned mission to the Titanic in 2023."

Billionaire Hamish Harding

The other missing tourist is a 48-year-oldShahzada Dawood is one of the richest people in Pakistan. Together with him, his 19-year-old son Suleiman Davud sailed on an expedition to the Titanic. Shahzada's father, Hussein, 79, is the chairman of the Dawood Hercules Corporation, which makes chemicals. The Dawood family also made a fortune by owning the Engro Corporation, a food and fertilizer company.

Shahzada Dawood

Together with three tourists on board the missing bathyscaphe are the French explorer Paul-Henri Nargolet and Stockton Rush, the founder of OceanGate, which organizes underwater expeditions.

Paul Henri Nargolet

Stockton Rush

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