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Rescue teams from the United States and Canada embarked on a joint mission on Monday to search for a submersible carrying five individuals heading towards the wreckage site of the Titanic. However, the submarine vanished deep into the Atlantic Ocean, equipped with only four days’ worth of survival resources or even less.

The Telegraph

Taking the lead in the search operation is the U.S. Coast Guard based in Boston, working closely with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The watercraft was reported as overdue on Sunday night, approximately 435 miles south of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Rear Adm. John Mauger, the commander of the First Coast Guard District, announced that both the United States and Canada have deployed two aircraft each for the search efforts. Additionally, a commercial ship has been enlisted, with plans to augment the available assets as the operation progresses into the night.

The task at hand is made more challenging by the operation’s location, situated around 900 miles east of Cape Cod and at depths of up to 13,000 feet. The need to search both the surface of the water and the depths below further complicates the mission.

During a news conference, Mauger acknowledged the difficulties, stating, “Conducting a search in that remote area is quite a challenge. Nevertheless, we are mobilizing all available resources to locate the watercraft and rescue the individuals on board.”

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According to a tweet from the Coast Guard, the submersible named “Titan,” measuring 21 feet in size, departed from St. John’s on Sunday morning and began its dive. Approximately an hour and 45 minutes later, contact was lost between the Canadian support ship, the Polar Prince, and the submersible.

OceanGate Expeditions, a deep-sea exploration company headquartered in Washington, confirmed that they own the submersible. While it falls within the submarine category, this vessel is smaller and less self-sufficient than traditional military submarines.

OceanGate’s expeditions to the Titanic wreck site involve a team of archaeologists, marine biologists, and “mission specialists” who join as paying participants. These individuals take turns operating sonar equipment and performing various tasks within the five-person submersible. The Coast Guard confirmed that there was one pilot and four “mission specialists” on board during this voyage.

Expressing gratitude for the extensive assistance received from government agencies and deep-sea companies, OceanGate emphasized their commitment to reestablishing contact with the submersible and ensuring the safe return of the crewmembers.

Based on information provided by the company, Mauger mentioned that the submersible has a 96-hour emergency capability, including provisions for oxygen and fuel. “Therefore, we estimate that there is anywhere between 70 and the full 96 hours available at this point,” he added.

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