CBS Reporter Recalls When His Own Voyage on the Titanic-Viewing Sub Got Lost


David Pogue, a CBS reporter who embarked on an expedition to view the wreckage of the Titanic aboard a submersible that is currently missing, expressed deep concern as rescue teams continue their search for the craft.

Pogue, known for his work on CBS News’ “Sunday Morning,” joined the crew of the submersible last year and had conversations with Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, the company behind the vessel.

Reflecting on his own apprehension before entering the minivan-sized submersible, Pogue revealed that they encountered a distressing situation when the craft became lost underwater for several hours due to communication failures.

Pogue shared his observations in an interview with CBS, highlighting some of the makeshift elements of the submersible. ”

This might sound unconventional to many people, but a significant portion of this submersible is made up of off-the-shelf and improvised parts,” he explained. “For instance, it is controlled using an Xbox game controller. Some of the ballasts consist of abandoned lead pipes sourced from construction sites, and to release them, everyone on board leans to one side of the submersible, causing them to roll off a shelf.”

He emphasized the importance of the capsule designed to protect the occupants and provide them with air, which was developed in collaboration with NASA and the University of Washington.

Pogue assured that the part responsible for ensuring their survival was solid and reliable.

However, concerns remain as rescue operations persist.

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed ongoing efforts to recover the craft and estimated that there was a limited oxygen supply of 70 to 96 hours. OceanGate affirmed their commitment to exploring all possible avenues to bring the crew back safely, emphasizing their unwavering focus on the well-being of the crew members and their families.

The submersible vanished in an area of the ocean with depths reaching up to 13,000 feet, with five individuals on board, including private customers who had paid up to $250,000 for the opportunity to visit the Titanic’s wreckage.

Pogue expressed his worry about the submersible’s failure to resurface despite having multiple means of ascent.

During his own expedition, Stockton Rush, the founder of OceanGate, had mentioned the slight possibility of the craft becoming entangled or experiencing a leak. Pogue raised the question, “If this submersible has seven different ways to return to the surface, why isn’t it there now?”

He further explained that underwater conditions rendered radio and GPS useless, leaving occupants entirely reliant on the submersible’s mechanisms.

“It doesn’t sound promising,” Pogue remarked. “If none of the seven methods they have to resurface are functioning, then what could be happening down there?”

The fate of the missing submersible and its crew remains uncertain, as the search and rescue efforts persist in the hope of a successful recovery operation.


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