“A Field of Wreckage” Still unidentified near the Titanic were found Thursday by teams desperately searching for the tourist submersible that disappeared Sunday in the North Atlantic with five people on board, the US Coast Guard reported.
“Unified command experts are evaluating the information,” the coastal service said in a tweet.
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The remains were found in the “search area of an ROV, a remotely operated vehicle, near the Titanic,” although the Coast Guard did not immediately provide further details. At 7:00 p.m. GMT, he plans to offer a press conference in Boston, the center of operations for this operation that involves several countries.
The search, in which ships, robots and planes participate, had entered a critical phase this Thursday, since the 96 hours of emergency oxygen available to the Titan submersible from the private company OceanGate Expeditions, would have run out at 11:08 GMT of this Thursday.
However, rescuers maintain hopes of finding the passengers alive.
“We continue to see in particularly complex cases that people’s will to live also has to be taken into account,” US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Mauger told NBC’s Today show shortly before the new find.
“Therefore, we continue to search and proceed with the rescue efforts,” he added.
The Polar Prince mother ship, of the Canadian company Horizon Maritime, lost all contact with the submersible less than two hours after starting a dive that should have lasted about seven hours, to visit the remains of the mythical ocean liner Titanic, which lies almost 4,000 meters deep and 600 km from the mainland, in Newfoundland.
On board were the British millionaire Hamish Harding, president of the Action Aviation company; the Pakistani Shahzada Dawood, vice president of Engro, and his son Suleman -both also with British nationality-; the expert French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet; and Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, the company that operates the submersible, and which charged $250,000 per tourist.
On Thursday morning they still had hope of finding them alive.
As of Thursday morning, the US Coast Guard was holding out hope that all five occupants of a missing submersible near the wreckage of the Titanic were found alive, the head of the vast North Atlantic salvage operation said Thursday. despite the feared depletion of oxygen reserves.
“We continue to see in particularly complex cases that people’s will to live also has to be taken into account,” US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Mauger, who was in charge of the operation, told NBC’s Today show. “Therefore, we continue to search and proceed with the rescue efforts,” he added.
Five ships, to which another five were expected to join during these hours, equipped with sonars and high-tech equipment, combed an area of some 20,000 square kilometers, approximately the size of El Salvador, and at a depth of almost four kilometers, while from the air, several planes cross the sky in search of any trace of the submersible.
The Pentagon announced the dispatch of a third C-130 aircraft and three C-17s, while an underwater robot sent by the French Oceanographic Institute was to join the search around 08:00 GMT.
The Royal Canadian Navy sent a ship with a hyperbaric chamber on board and experts with medical assistance, in addition to another coast guard vessel equipped with advanced sonar instruments. The Horizon Maritime company, which owns the Polar Prince, the ship that launched the submersible, is also sending another ship with deep-sea search equipment.
The location of the search “makes the rapid mobilization of large amounts of equipment exceptionally difficult,” Captain Frederick explained.
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