International Resue Team Searches For Titanic Five In Atlantic Ocean As Sonar Picks Up More Ocean Noises

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| June 22, 2023

 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.

Media inquiries should be directed to [email protected]. The most updated information may be found at https://twitter.com/uscgnortheast.

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.

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.

OceanGate’s Titan submersible went missing shortly after it departed for the Titanic wreckage on Sunday morning and its oxygen supply is running low

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.

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

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’.

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.

This image shared by the US Coast Guard is the first from the search site, some 900 miles off the coast of the US. It shows Deep Energy – a pipe-laying ship that has joined the hunt

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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