Titanic Bounce Submarine Will Soon Run Out Of Oxygen

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The submarine that embarked on a tour of the Titanic is facing a critical situation, as it has a maximum of 96 hours’ worth of oxygen remaining.

Rescue teams from the United States and Canada are currently engaged in an intensive search to locate the OceanGate sub, which disappeared in the ocean approximately 1,448 kilometers from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The submarine was operating at a depth of 4 kilometers when it went missing on Monday (June 20).

There are allegedly five people on board the vessel. British adventurer Hamish Harding and a UK-based business man, along with his son, as told by their families.

Harding, 58, is the chairman of aircraft firm Action Aviation and has flown to space as well as having three Guinness World Records.

Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman, are also on board and their family have asked the public to pray for them.

French explorer Paul-Henry Nargeolet is also believed to be on board, going by Harding’s Facebook before the dive started.

The chief executive of Oceangate, Stockton Rush, is also reported to be on board.

Efforts to locate the submarine involve the use of sonar, aerial searches, and surface vessels. Rear Admiral John Mauge explained that visual and radar searches are being conducted to enhance the search capability in the remote area, as reported by ABC News. He stated, “It is a remote area and it is a challenge to conduct a search in that remote area, but we are deploying all available assets to make sure that we can locate the craft and rescue the people on board.”

OceanGate, a company specializing in deep-sea expeditions using submersibles, has received assistance from various government agencies in the search operation. David Concannon, an adviser to the company who was intended to be aboard the missing Titanic submersible, expressed in a letter to AP News that the sub only has between 96 to 70 hours of oxygen supply remaining.

Experts have raised concerns that the submarine may have experienced a catastrophic failure or become entangled in debris from the historic shipwreck.

Former Royal Navy Rear Admiral Chris Parry explained, “There’s an optimistic option, and that’s that it’s either lost an umbilical communication with the surface or indeed there’s been a malfunction and the submarine continues to operate but obviously out of contact with its mother ship. Obviously, on the other end of the scale, there could have been an accident. It could have become entangled in the wreckage of the Titanic. It could indeed have had a catastrophic failure.”

According to The Mirror, the oxygen supply on board the submarine is expected to deplete at 6 a.m. BST on Thursday (June 22). OceanGate released a statement emphasizing that their primary focus is on the well-being of the crew members and their families. The company expressed gratitude for the extensive assistance received from government agencies and deep-sea companies in their efforts to re-establish contact with the submersible.

This voyage by OceanGate marks the third expedition of its kind following the successful submersible expeditions to the Titanic in 2021 and 2022.

Individuals interested in exploring the renowned shipwreck, which sank in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg, have the opportunity to secure a spot on the sub for $250,000.

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