The death of five individuals who descended into the depths of the ocean in a submarine to witness the wreckage of the famous Titanic has now been confirmed. A senior officer of the United States Coast Guard revealed on Thursday that a missing submarine named Titan, carrying five passengers, met a disastrous fate. The extensive operation, which was underway to locate these individuals who ventured into the deep sea to witness the Titanic, has been abruptly halted. OceanGate Expeditions, an American company, operates a submarine that showcases the remains of the Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 after colliding with a massive iceberg.
Rear Admiral John Mauger of the United States Coast Guard announced during a press conference that a Canadian vessel equipped with unmanned deep-sea robots discovered the wreckage of the submarine on Thursday morning. The submarine was located nearly 1,600 feet (488 meters) away from the sunken Titanic wreckage and approximately 2-1/2 miles (4 kilometers) below the surface. It is worth noting that rescue teams from various countries spent several days searching thousands of square miles of open ocean, along with aircraft and ships, in an effort to locate any signs of the 22-foot (6.7-meter) Titan submarine operated by OceanGate Expeditions.
On Sunday morning, contact was lost with this Titan submarine approximately one hour and forty-five minutes after it departed from its support vessel. The five individuals on board the submarine included British philanthropist and explorer Hamish Harding (58), 48-year-old businessman Shahzada Dawood born in Pakistan, his 19-year-old son Suleiman, 77-year-old French marine scientist and Titanic expert Paul-Henry Nargeolet, and Stockton Rush, the American founder and CEO of OceanGate. Paul-Henry Nargeolet had conducted numerous expeditions to the Titanic wreckage in the past. Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleiman were British citizens.