Possible Human Remains Discovered In Titan Submarine Wreckage
Possible human remains discovered in Titan submarine wreckage and evidence retrieved from the seafloor, as stated by the US Coast Guard on Wednesday. This disclosure came approximately a week after the confirmation of the implosion of the vessel, which was en route to the Titanic, in the North Atlantic, leading to the tragic loss of all five individuals aboard.
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Possible human remains discovered in Titan submarine wreckageand evidence was retrieved from the seafloor, as stated by the US Coast Guard on Wednesday. This disclosure came approximately a week after the confirmation of the implosion of the vessel, which was en route to the Titanic, in the North Atlantic, leading to the tragic loss of all five individuals aboard.
The military branch mentioned that the presumed remains would be examined by US medical professionals. Along with other evidence from the submersible, these remains arrived at a Canadian pier on Wednesday.
Pelagic Research Services, the company responsible for the remotely operated vehicles that retrieved Titan's remains, has currently "successfully completed" the offshore operations, as confirmed by the company.
Photos captured by The Canadian Press' Paul Daly reveal debris being unloaded from the anchor handling vessel Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard pier in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Among the debris were a white panel-like piece, towering over the two men maneuvering it onto land, and another similarly sized component covered with white tarp and adorned with cords and wires.
The nature of those pieces remained unclear at the time. The Titan submersible, operated by OceanGate Expeditions, was constructed using carbon fiber and titanium, weighing around 23,000 pounds. It had limited space to accommodate only five adults. The purpose of the craft was to offer extreme tourists an opportunity to approach the century-old wreckage of the Titanic for a price of $250,000 per person.
OceanGate Expeditions expressed that their crew members had been tirelessly working for ten consecutive days, overcoming physical and mental challenges during the operation. The company acknowledged their eagerness to complete the mission and reunite with their loved ones, as stated in their official statement.
Human Remains Found? U.S. Coast Guard Recovers Debris of Doomed Titan Sub From Sea Floor
Pelagic Research Services, the company responsible for retrieving the remains of the Titan, directed inquiries to the US Coast Guard and indicated that their team is unable to comment on or provide any information regarding the investigation into the submersible's demise. The company mentioned plans to hold a press conference at their operations base in East Aurora, New York, once their team has regrouped.
A spokesperson from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada declined to provide comments to the media outlet and mentioned that further information regarding their investigation would be disclosed as deemed necessary.
On June 18, the OceanGate submersible, carrying five passengers, commenced its descent towards the 111-year-old remains of the Titanic. However, approximately one hour and 45 minutes into the dive, the cramped vessel lost communication with its mother ship and failed to resurface as scheduled. This event triggered an extensive multinational search and rescue operation that garnered global attention and lasted for several days.
In an announcement on Thursday, the US Coast Guard confirmed that the submersible had experienced a "catastrophic implosion," which is presumed to have resulted in the loss of all individuals on board. During the search operation, a remotely operated vehicle discovered the tail cone and other debris from the submersible approximately 1,600 feet away from the bow of the Titanic.
Following the incident, the Coast Guard established a Marine Board of Investigation over the weekend to investigate the cause of the implosion and provide recommendations that may involve pursuing civil or criminal actions if necessary.
The Coast Guard's news release on Wednesday stated that the investigation board is currently gathering evidence and conducting interviews with witnesses. The release also mentioned that a public hearing is expected to be held, allowing for additional testimony from witnesses.
There is still a substantial amount of work to be done to understand the factors that led to the catastrophic loss of the Titan and help ensure a similar tragedy does not occur again.- Capt. Jason Neubauer, Investigative Board