Authorities are currently searching for a missing submarine that takes passengers on a tour of the wreckage of the Titanic. Five people are believed to be aboard the vessel.
According to reports, the United States Coast Guard out of Boston is leading the search for the missing submersible that carrying five people to Titanic’s wreckage site.
In the time since the vessel, named the “Titan”, departed from St. John’s, Newfoundland on Sunday morning, some troubling facts about the sub have been discovered, such as the fact that it’s controlled with a 2005 Logitech gaming controller.
The submarine that went missing while taking people on tours to see the Titanic used a cheap Logitech controller and other off the shelf parts. pic.twitter.com/EsjBXmUe6W
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Furthermore, a 2022 report from CBS News revealed that the release waiver that attendees — who must pay $250,000 in order to partake in the expedition — must sign says “this experimental vessel has not been approved or certified by any regulatory body, and could result in physical injury, emotional trauma, or death.”
As for the ongoing search-and-rescue mission, reports indicate that the potential depth of the Titan makes matters complicated.
Rear Adm. John Mauger, commander of the First Coast Guard District, said two aircraft each from the U.S. and Canada were involved in the search, along with a commercial ship, and that further assets will be added as the pursuit continues into the night.
The operation’s location − about 900 miles east of Cape Cod and up to 13,000 feet deep − complicates the task, as does the need to look both on the surface of the water and below, he said.
“It is a challenge to conduct a search in that remote area, but we are deploying all available assets to make sure that we can locate the craft and rescue the people on board,” Mauger said during a recent press conference.
At this time, it is believed that the vessel has “four days or less” of survival capability and that it will run out of oxygen by Thursday afternoon EST “at the latest.”