Titanic submarine: What happened?
Authorities from the US and Canada said they will investigate the cause of the deadly Titan submersible implosion that killed five people.
The US Coast Guard, assisted by the US National Transportation Safety Board, as well as Canada’s Transportation Safety Board will launch investigations.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they will also assess whether a formal criminal investigation is warranted.
The announcements of the investigation come shortly after the Coast Guard announced that debris from the sub was located approximately 12,500 feet (3,810 meters) underwater and 1,600 feet away from the Titanic wreckage.
The OceanGate Expeditions submersible was on its way to destruction when it lost communication with its surface vessel and finally exploded on Sunday, June 18.
For four days an international search and rescue mission was conducted in the hope of finding the five people in the submersible.
Aboard the watercraft were OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British billionaire Hamish Harding, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his teenage son Suleman Dawood.
After their death, tributes poured in from the victims’ family members.
Canada is investigating why the Titanic-bound submersible exploded
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Saturday it was conducting an investigation into the disappearance of the Titan submersible and was speaking with passengers on the Titan’s mother ship, the Polar Prince.
The development comes as authorities from the US and Canada begin the process of investigating the cause of the undersea explosion and face questions about who is responsible to determine how the tragedy happened.
Maritime agencies are searching the area in the North Atlantic where the ship went down, killing all five people on board.
The wreckage lies about 12,500 feet (3,810 meters) under water, a few hundred feet away from the Titanic wreckage it is on its way to explore.
“We are conducting a Canadian safety investigation because this is a Canadian-flagged vessel that left a Canadian port and was involved in this incident, albeit in international waters,” said Kathy Fox, chair of the transportation board.
“Other agencies may choose to conduct investigations and that is up to them.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain25 June 2023 10:59
The carbon fiber design of the OceanGate sub is unproven, experts say
The submarine expedition to the Titanic that claimed five lives over the weekend relied on a design that featured key components made from carbon fiber, which experts say has not been proven to be a reliable material for to use the deep sea.
“Innovation is a wonderful thing,” Bart Kemper, a mechanical engineer from the Marine Technology Society, told NBC News. “But everything new and untried introduces uncertainty, and uncertainty is dangerous.”
The sinking of the Titanic is about 13,000 feet below the ocean, many times deeper than US Navy subs normally operate. At that depth, the pressure is almost 400 times that of the surface of the sea.
“It’s a design that hasn’t been used in this way at this depth,” added Mr Kemper. “All you have to do is fail somewhere and it’s game over.”
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 10:00
Suleman Dawood: The teenager who died in the submersible ‘had feelings’ Titanic expedition ‘not okay’
Teen Suleman Dawood ‘had feelings’ on Titan expedition ‘not okay’, aunt says
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 09:00
Voices: Why ‘dark tourists’ will pay to risk their lives
“The phenomenon of “dark tourism” has attracted researchers for many years, but tourists are especially attracted to places associated with brutality, violence and disaster. Historical sites include Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chernobyl ( before the war in Ukraine) and Ground Zero. However, “experiences” can now be excursions to places of slavery, war, famous dead, serial killings, natural disasters and, like OceanGate travel case, maritime tragedies such as Titanic.”
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 08:00
The flag was flown at half-mast as the Titan ship docked in St John’s harbour
Flags aboard the main support vessel for the Titan submersible are seen at half mast as it begins docking in St John’s harbour.
A Canadian national flag and a Mi’kmaq flag, representing the North American people living in Canada’s Maritime Provinces, are both at half-mast on either end of the ship.
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 07:00
See: Moment OceanGate co-founder told the debris from the Titan submersible discovered
Moment OceanGate co-founder said the debris from the Titan submarine was discovered
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 06:00
The potential passenger on the Titan revealed the OceanGate CEO assured him it would be safe
Jay Bloom, a Las Vegas investor, revealed in a Facebook post that he turned down seats on the Titan submersible trip, offered by OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, due to safety concerns.
In his post, Mr Bloom shared screenshots of messages he exchanged with Mr Rush months before the fatal trip in which he expressed safety concerns for himself and his son Sean, who would have accompanied him on the excursion.
“I expressed safety concerns and Stockton told me: ‘Although there are obvious risks it is much safer than flying in a helicopter or even scuba diving.’ “I’m sure he really believed what he said. But he was very wrong,” wrote Mr Bloom.
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“Not a single injury in 35 years on a non-military sub,” Mr Rush texted Mr Bloom.
Mr Bloom said he last saw Mr Rush in early March when the two were together at the Titanic Exhibit in Luxor.
Bloom added: “Then, at lunch at the Luxor food court we talked about the dive, including safety. He was convinced that it was safer than crossing the street.”
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 05:00
The 1851 maritime law protected the owners of the Titanic in court. Can this also be used with OceanGate?
A five-day search for the OceanGate Expedition tourist submersible came to a grim conclusion Thursday as officials confirmed the discovery of debris consistent with a “catastrophic implosion” believed to have claimed the life of all five passengers.
With recovery efforts to collect the debris underway, the focus is on whether and how OceanGate could be held accountable in court. Experts told The is Independent that one 172-year-old piece of legislation could prove crucial for the company: the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851.
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 04:00
Why did the Titanic sub explode?
In the days after OceanGate’s chief executive Stockton Rush and his four paid crew disappeared on their way to the wreck of Titanicexperts have many theories about their fate.
But what exactly caused Titan to explode? While we still don’t know the truth of what happened, we do know enough to have some idea of what may have sealed the sub’s doom.
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 03:00
Online gamblers have bet thousands on the Titanic search and rescue operation
Online gamblers are betting hundreds of thousands of dollars on whether a submarine goes missing on a recent Titanic expedition, in what online critics call a “dystopian” use of digital finance.
As of Wednesday, people have bet at least $300,000 on the fate of the car using the crypto platform Polymarket, Mother Jones reports.
On the site, it is better to buy and sell shares of the outcomes of events using cryptocurrency, and can redeem their shares for $1 each if their predictions are correct.
Ariana Baio25 June 2023 02:00