Coast Guard to hold press briefing to discuss ROV findings
WHO: Rear Adm. John Mauger, the First Coast Guard District commander, Capt. Jamie Frederick, the First Coast Guard District response coordinator
WHAT: The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a press briefing to discuss findings from the Horizon Arctic’s remotely operated vehicle near the Titanic
WHEN: Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Coast Guard Base Boston at 427 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109
Editor’s note: Media should be prepared to show media credentials and a government issued photo ID to gain access to the base. Base access will be allowed starting at 2:30 p.m.
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to host a press briefing Thursday to discuss findings from the Horizon Arctic’s ROV on the sea floor near the Titanic.
BREAKING: The Coast Guard announced Thursday that an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has found a "debris field" in the search for the missing OceanGate Titan submarine. The discovery was made after ROVs were scanning the Atlantic Ocean floor. The Coast Guard has…
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 22, 2023
As the search for the missing Titan submersible becomes increasingly desperate, some of the world’s most advanced underwater search equipment has been deployed to scour the depths of the Atlantic.
Two submersibles capable of descending 20,000ft beneath the ocean surface are presently leading the underwater search and more are on the way, Coast Guard chiefs have said. The vehicles are being aided by a fleet of specially designed ships which also include tools that could help lift Titan from the seabed – if it is discovered.
Here are the Knocking Sounds Caught From Missing Titan Submarine by OceanGate Team.#OceansGate #submarine #titanicsubmersible #Submersible #titanicsub #Titans📷 #TitanicRescue #titanic pic.twitter.com/JqK9t6vW8G
— Ak Cheema (@AkCheema777) June 21, 2023
But there are now less than 24 hours’ worth of oxygen remaining on the missing vessel, which vanished on Sunday morning with five people on board. The search area has now broadened to around 14,000 square miles – twice the size of the state of Connecticut.
The time pressure is compounded by the fact that the underwater vehicles may be able to pinpoint Titan, which was headed for the Titanic wreckage 12,500ft below the surface, but it will take additional specialized tools for the mammoth task of bringing it up.
Hopes of a recovery were raised slightly on Wednesday when a Canadian P-3 aircraft equipped with sonar detected a periodic ‘banging’ sound which experts hope came from Titan’s crew. The Coast Guard chief who’s coordinating the search said that sounds were initially heard overnight and more were detected today.
The P-3 is one of many models of aircraft which are also aiding the search by combing the ocean surface and using sonar equipment for indications of activity on the sea floor.
An array of military and commercial vessels is also at the site, offering a mixture of search skills, communications tools and rescue equipment if Titan is discovered.
Ultimately, it is down to the submersibles to get eyes on Titan if it remains on the seabed – or trapped within the Titanic’s wreckage.
Sean Leet, co-founder of Horizon Maritime Services, the company which owns Titan’s mothership Polar Prince, said on Wednesday that he has never seen advanced search ‘equipment of that nature move that quickly’.
Video showing just how small and claustrophobic the Ocean Gate Titan sub with 5 people trapped on board really is.
Oxygen is set to run out tomorrow for the sub with a desperate last ditch rescue effort continuing throughout tonight into the morning. pic.twitter.com/VI61Xcohft
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 22, 2023
Titan’s mothership, Polar Prince, also remains at the section of Atlantic close to where the missing submersible was launched. Its crew and passengers are involved in helping with the search efforts.
The French research ship L’Atalante – which launches Victor 6000, was close to the area at midday ET on Wednesday, according to MarineTraffic. The ship hosts 30 technicians and scientists.
Another ship, Deep Energy, recently arrived and can deploy remote-operated subs to dive underwater and attempt to locate the Titan.
So far, they have been unable to detect any sign of it or where the banging came from.
Other vessels, including the HMCS Glace Bay and Canadian C.G.S. John Cabot, are equipped for search and rescue missions and feature sonar capabilities and mobile decompressions chambers.
While the search for Titan is aimed on depths of up to 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, aircraft have performed a key role in the operation.
A Canadian P-3 detected the ‘banging’ sounds that have become the focal point of the search. The maritime surveillance plane is designed to track military submarines and picked up ‘underwater noises’ which teams hope came from Titan.
A man who paid $250,000 for a previous trip with OceanGate to explore the wreck of the Titanic has come out to say he is lucky to be alive describing his trip as ‘a Suicide Mission.’
German adventure tourist Arthur Loibl who visited the Titanic on board the now missing Titan… pic.twitter.com/3iyEdteTwl
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 21, 2023
The world is watching as the search continues for the OceanGate, a submersible vessel that is lost in the depths of the sea with five souls on board. Pray for these passengers. We know that even in the depths of the sea, God is there. https://t.co/cMewy84JF4
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) June 21, 2023
The CEO of OceanGate, which is operating the missing Titanic tourist submarine, explains that the company didn’t want to hire any experienced “50 year old white guys” because they weren’t “inspirational.”
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 21, 2023