Jun 21, 2023 at 07:48 Update: 7 minutes ago
Canadian planes picked up underwater sounds on Wednesday in the search for the submarine en route to the Titanic wreck in the Atlantic Ocean.
The search teams have moved towards the sound to determine its origin, the US Coast Guard reports. Searches have already been made from the air and from the water, but the coastguard will also search with a submarine. France sends a ship with a deep-sea robot.
Media speak of “thumping and popping noises”. They were picked up at thirty-minute intervals. Four hours later, other sounds were detected, CNN writes based on an internal memo from the US government. The sounds may have been picked up by sonar buoys in the search area. But the Coast Guard did not share any further details about the noise. They haven’t heard the sounds for a while now.
The moved searches returned no results so far. But according to the US government, the sounds offer “hope for survivors”. The search continues, but the huge search area and the broken contact with the submarine complicate it. American and Canadian aircraft have now searched an area of more than 26,000 square kilometers.
The submarine is bolted from the outside, preventing its occupants from escaping unassisted, even if it surfaces. If the Titan is on the ocean floor, a rescue would be even more challenging due to the extreme conditions.
Titan has oxygen on board until Thursday morning
In addition, there is time constraints. The submarine Titan, which is the size of a truck, is built to stay underwater for 96 hours. That means the air for the five passengers will run out on Thursday morning. It is unclear how they are now.
OceanGate Expeditions owns the Titan. The founder of that company, Stockton Rush, is aboard the submarine. That would also apply to Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman. They belong to a prominent Pakistani family. The submarine’s captain is said to be Frenchman Paul-Henri Nargeolet. Earlier it became clear that the British billionaire and adventurer Hamish Harding is in the submarine.
OceanGate Expeditions has been organizing tourist expeditions to the Titanic wreck since 2021. A tourist pays a whopping $ 250,000 (229,000 euros) for a trip to the world-famous passenger ship that sank in 1912 after a collision with an iceberg. The Titanic lies at a depth of 3,800 meters.
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