Ocean Gate’s submersible The Titan has been missing since Sunday June 18. It was part of a mission to visit the wreck of the Titanic at a depth of 3,800 meters.
Five people are on board, including Hamish Harding, a 58-year-old British billionaire, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman. Also on board are French explorer Paul-Henry Nargeolet and Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate.
The submersible should still have 70 of its 96 hours of oxygen available. The US and Canadian coastguards are scouring the ocean surface with planes and helicopters.
The problem is that it is impossible to escape from the submarine on one’s own. The door is sealed on the inside by bolts fitted from the outside as CBS journalist David Pogue explains.
The submersible has 7 different ways of returning to the surface, such as inflating air balloons or using the propellers.
Two possibilities for the situation: it’s on the surface and we haven’t been able to find it because they’ve lost power.
Option two: the submersible is trapped underwater. It may be an abandoned fishing net, which leaves a chance of survival. Or it could be a leak. This situation would lead to immediate implosion, leaving no chance.
The journalist also emphasized the experimental nature of the Ocean Gate’s submersible.
“This is an experimental submersible vessel that has not been approved or certified by any regulatory body and could result in physical injury, disability, emotional trauma or death […].”
The reporter noted that many “parts of this submarine seemed improvised…. “
“It appears that this submersible has elements of Macgyvery Jerry Rignus style.”
Even so, we can only wait and hope that the crew will be found safe and sound.