Underwater Signals Discovered In Search Area For Titanic Debris, Says Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that underwater noises have been heard in the region where divers are looking for a submarine that vanished while transporting five passengers to the Titanic disaster.

The Coast Guard reported the noises were heard by Canadian P-3 aircraft in a tweet sent out shortly after midnight EDT on Wednesday. As a result, underwater activities were moved to identify the disturbance’s source.

The Coast Guard stated that while such searches have not produced any results, underwater operations are still underway and that “the data from the P-3 aircraft has been shared with our U.S. Navy experts for further analysis, which will be considered in future search plans.”

Explorers Club president Richard Garriott de Cayeux wrote to club members: “There is cause for hope, based on data from the field – we understand that likely signs of life have been detected at the site.” The club’s board of trustees was founded with assistance from British businessman Hamish Harding, one of the passengers on the sub.

This 1904-founded organization is “a multidisciplinary, professional society dedicated to advancing field research, scientific exploration, and resource conservation.”

As of Tuesday evening, the submersible had less than 40 hours of breathable air remaining, according to the Coast Guard. At best, it had 96 hours of oxygen onboard when the plunge started, according to officials.

President Richard Garriott’s Titanic Search and Rescue Message:

Authorities in the United States and Canada have been searching for a Canadian research vessel that lost communication with it during a dive on Sunday morning about 900 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

During a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Coast Guard Capt. Jamie Frederick estimated that the ship had “about 40 hours of breathable air left” based on the original 96 hours of oxygen supply.

According to Coast Guard spokesperson Chief Petty Officer Robert Simpson, there won’t be a “hard-and-fast” switch from a search-and-rescue mission to a recovery operation when those hours are up because several potential reasons could prolong the search. According to Frederick, searching for the missing submarine in the Atlantic is ongoing and “an incredibly complex operation.”

We shall exert every effort to effect a rescue, Frederick vowed. A “full-court press” is needed to immediately bring equipment to the area.

On board the submarine with them was Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate Expeditions. This American company organized the trip with the Pakistani industrialist Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman, British entrepreneur Hamish Harding, French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and British explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

Frederick said it was impossible to convey what a deep-sea rescue would entail if the sub were discovered in time.

The best approach for recovering the sub, he said, “is a question that then the experts need to look at, but I think it’s going to depend on that particular situation.”


According to the Coast Guard, the last known communication from the sub occurred about one hour and forty-five minutes into Sunday’s dive.

The U.S. and Canadian coast guards, as well as the U.S. Navy and Air National Guard, have searched a combined area of nearly 7,600 square miles since the sub vanished, which is greater than Connecticut, according to Frederick.

He claimed that on Tuesday, a pipe-laying vessel in the search area sent a remotely operated vehicle into the water to look for the sub at its last known location.

According to Frederick, the U.S. Navy prepared to send out military equipment to help with the search.

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