Titanic Sub Missing: A Timeline of Events
On Sunday, June 19, 2023, a submersible exploring the wreck of the Titanic went missing. The sub, named the Titan, was operated by the tour firm OceanGate Expeditions. The crew of the Titan consisted of two pilots and one passenger, all of whom were experienced divers.
The Titan lost contact with the surface one hour and 45 minutes into its dive. The US Coast Guard was notified of the incident at about 13:00 EST (18:00 BST).
A massive search and rescue effort has been underway since then. The US Coast Guard, the Canadian Coast Guard, and private vessels have been searching a 7,600 square mile area, roughly the size of the US state of Connecticut.
The search has been hampered by the remoteness of the area and the depths involved. The Titanic wreck lies at a depth of 3,800 meters (12,500 feet).
As of the time of writing, the search for the Titan is ongoing. The US Coast Guard has said that they are "optimistic" that the crew will be found alive.
Here is a timeline of the events leading up to and following the disappearance of the Titan:
- June 19, 2023
- 04:00 local time: The Titan departs from the research vessel Polar Prince and begins its dive to the Titanic wreck.
- 09:45 local time: The Titan loses contact with the surface.
- 13:00 EST (18:00 BST): The US Coast Guard is notified of the incident.
- June 20, 2023
- The search for the Titan begins.
- The US Coast Guard deploys a C-130 Hercules aircraft to help with the search.
- June 21, 2023
- The search continues.
- The US Coast Guard deploys a remote-controlled submersible to help with the search.
- A commercial pipe-laying ship arrives in the area to help with the search.
The search for the Titan is a complex and challenging operation. The remoteness of the area and the depths involved make it difficult to find the submersible. However, the US Coast Guard and the other agencies involved in the search are optimistic that the crew will be found alive.
The disappearance of the Titan has raised questions about the safety of submersible diving. The Titan was a state-of-the-art submersible, but it is still possible for things to go wrong. The search for the Titan is a reminder of the risks involved in this type of diving.
The disappearance of the Titan has also highlighted the importance of search and rescue operations. The US Coast Guard and the other agencies involved in the search are working tirelessly to find the crew of the Titan. The search is a testament to the dedication of these agencies and their commitment to saving lives.
The search for the Titan is ongoing. The US Coast Guard and the other agencies involved in the search are optimistic that the crew will be found alive. However, the operation is complex and challenging, and there is no guarantee that the crew will be found.
Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-65934887 (accessed June 21, 2023).