Titanic tourist submarine ‘may be stuck in ship’s wreckage 12,500ft below Atlantic’: Cold War sonar plane and second sub deployed in race against time hunt for vessel that has 60 hours of air left and has been missing for more than 24 hours
- Read DailyMail.com’s live blog on the missing OceanGate Expeditions sub
- The submersible lost contact at 4am on Sunday and has up to 96 hours of oxygen for a crew of five people: it has been underwater well over 24 hours
- Those onboard include French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet; CEO of OceanGate, Stockton Rush; and British billionaire adventurer Hamish Harding
PUBLISHED: 10:00 EDT, 19 June 2023 | UPDATED: 19:14 EDT, 19 June 2023
The missing tourist submersible with five people onboard including British billionaire Hamish Harding has been missing since Sunday afternoon, and may have become stuck in the wreckage of the Titanic that it was diving to admire.
The sub, owned and operated by OceanGate Expeditions, was taking a crew of five people – including company CEO Stockton Rush, French explorer PH Nargeolet and Harding – 12,500ft underwater as part of its $250,000-a-head Titanic tour.
The tours are pitched to the same type of clients as space tourism: adventurous, curious, and extremely wealthy. OceanGate’s site says customers do not require any previous diving experience, but that there are ‘a few physical requirements like being able to board small boats in active seas.’ Continue watchingRoyal family shares touching Father’s Day photosafter the ad
The crew launched at around 4am on Sunday but lost communication with the mothership just one hour and 45 minutes later.
According to OceanGate’s website, the sub can last for up to 96 hours underwater with five people consuming oxygen.
But more than 30 hours into the rescue mission, it is still nowhere to be found.
At a press conference, Rear Admiral John W. Mauger said the US Coast Guard is working ‘as hard as possible’ to find it while ‘lives are at risk’.
C-130s and P-8s are now being used to assist in the search in the remote area of the ocean, 900 miles east of Cape Cod and 370 miles southeast of southernmost Newfoundland.
This is the last sighting of the submersible, Titan, which was launched on Sunday. It is seen in a photograph shared by Hamish Harding’s company. He and the four others onboard remains unaccounted for