In the ongoing search for the OceanGate Titan submersible and its five occupants, a remotely operated vehicle has located a significant “debris field,” according to the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday. The deep-sea vehicle had gone missing on Sunday while attempting a dive to explore the wreckage of the Titanic.
The Coast Guard’s unified command is currently assessing the information obtained from the discovery, although further details have not yet been released. Authorities are expected to provide an update on the situation shortly.
The incident occurred when the Titan lost contact with its surface vessel, the Polar Prince, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes into its dive. The submersible went missing around 900 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and approximately 400 miles southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland, in Canada.
Among the passengers inside the sealed vehicle are OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, adventurer Hamish Harding, father-and-son duo Shahzada and Suleman Dawood from one of Pakistan’s affluent families, and Titanic expert Paul-Henry Nargeolet, a former French navy officer.
The search efforts have involved the U.S. Coast Guard, along with commercial assets, research vehicles, and military counterparts from Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. Throughout the week, search-and-rescue teams have employed advanced buoys, robotic vehicles called ROVs, surface vessels, and aerial searches to locate the missing sub.
During the search, Canadian pilots reported hearing recurring sounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, which were described as “banging” noises. The search operation also includes the utilization of the Victor 6000, an unmanned French robot capable of diving up to 6,000 meters. Although it has the ability to manipulate cables and aid in releasing a stuck vessel, it is unable to lift the submersible on its own.
As the investigation continues, authorities remain dedicated to locating the OceanGate Titan submersible and ensuring the safety of its passengers.