Hope is still alive, but waning, as rescue teams are frantically searching for the submersible that disappeared on Sunday during its exploration of the Titanic wreck. According to reports, the submersible, named Titan, which had five individuals on board, lost communication one hour and forty-five minutes into its dive. The vessel reportedly has only a three-day supply of emergency oxygen.
The news of Titan’s disappearance has been rapidly disseminated worldwide. Currently, at least five vessels are present at the Titanic wreck site, and additional help is en route to assist in the ongoing search efforts.
With the limited supply of oxygen on the submersible, every second counts in this high-stakes rescue mission. Earlier today, reports mentioned that knocking sounds were detected from the area where Titan disappeared. However, experts agree that the odds are not in favor of the people onboard given the circumstances.
The individuals aboard the Titan have been identified as Hamish Harding, Stockton Rush, Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Shahzada Dawood, and his son Sulaiman. OceanGate, the company responsible for taking these tourists to the Titanic wreck, released a statement saying, “Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families.”
For the families of the individuals on the submersible, it’s an agonizing wait filled with uncertainty. Brian Szasz, the stepson of Hamish Harding, has pleaded for thoughts and prayers for his missing stepfather. In his message, Brian wrote, “Hamish my stepdad is lost in a submarine. Thoughts and prayers that the rescue mission will be successful.🙏🖤”
Reports reveal that Hamish Harding is a billionaire who deals in private jets and is known for his adventurous trips around the world.
Hamish Harding has a history of bold adventures. He was a passenger on Blue Origin’s fifth crewed space flight, and he holds the record for the longest time spent at the deepest part of the ocean during a dive in the Mariana Trench.
Rescue teams from both the United States and Canada are fervently attempting to find the missing submersible, which disappeared about 435 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. Marine operations expert and author Mike Welham, in an interview with Sky, described the detection of underwater noises as “really good news,” but cautioned that any rescue operation is a time-consuming process.
Mike Welham emphasized the urgency of the situation, saying, “Time is critical and if these guys hopefully are still alive down there now, which there are indications this is so, they’ve got to find them.” He compared the search operation to finding a small coin in a football field, pointing out the vastness of the seabed and the depth of the water.
Our prayers go to the missing individuals and we hope they can be rescued and reunited with their families.