On Monday, a search operation was underway in the deep Atlantic Ocean waters for a submersible boat that takes tourists to see the Titanic debris.
Around 9:13 p.m. Sunday, roughly 700 kilometers south of St. John’s, Newfoundland, the vessel was reported overdue, according to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A Canadian Coast Guard vessel and a military aircraft are aiding the search effort, which is being headed by the US Coast Guard in Boston, according to Lt. Cmdr. Len Hickey.
The five-person submersible owned by OceanGate Expeditions is being searched for, but the company stressed that its priority is on the crew members and their families.
In an official statement, the business added, “We are deeply grateful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to reestablish contact with the submersible.”
“We are working to ensure the crew members’ safe return.”
According to corporate counsel David Concannon, Oceangate lost contact with the sub early Sunday. In an email from The Associated Press on Monday afternoon, he claimed it contained a 96-hour oxygen supply.
Four hundred nautical miles off the coast of Canada, the Titanic wreck is located 3,800 meters beneath the surface of the Atlantic.
On its first trip, it hit an iceberg and sank in April 1912. Only 706 of the 2,200 passengers on board survived.
In 1985, the wreck was located.
Small submersibles have been transporting people to see the vessel in recent years. One organization, Oceangate Expeditions, bills €250,000 per traveler.