A search and rescue operation was underway Monday morning for a submarine that went missing in the North Atlantic to investigate the wreckage of the Titanic. Lt. Jordan Hart of the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston told CBS News that crews are “currently engaged in a search and rescue operation” when asked about rescue efforts off the coast of Newfoundland.
A company that sends unmanned submersibles on deep-sea expeditions confirmed in a statement that its submersible was the subject of a rescue operation, and that it was “exploring and mobilizing all options to bring the crew to safety.”
The company did not say how many people were on the missing ship or whether any of them were paying tourists.
“Our entire focus is on the crew and their families on board the submarine,” OceanGate said, adding, “We are deeply grateful for the extensive assistance we have received from many government agencies and deep-sea companies. .”
OceanGate said recently Its website The search for the wreck of the RMS Titanic, located about 400 miles southeast of the coast of Newfoundland, is “ongoing,” according to social media.
Contacted by CBS News, the Canadian Coast Guard said the rescue was being managed by the Boston Regional Coordination Centre. Map showing jurisdictional boundaries Various Coastal Search and Rescue agencies along the North American coast have shown the Titanic wreckage within the Boston Center area of responsibility.
Earlier this month, OceanGate said on Twitter that it was using satellite company Starling to help maintain communications with the Titanic on its journey.
“Despite being in the middle of the North Atlantic, we still have an internet connection to successfully carry out Titanic dive operations – thanks Starlink,” the tweet said. The company’s website advertises seven-night cruises to see the Titanic wreck for $250,000.
The company last tweeted about the Titanic voyage On June 16.
OceanGate’s submarine, The Titan, is the world’s only five-person submersible capable of reaching the Titanic wreck, which sits 2.4 miles below the ocean’s surface. CBS News “Sunday Mornings” Correspondent David BogueWith a small group of intrepid tourists, for a trip to see the world’s most famous shipwreck last year.
As he sat in the vessel, which he said was as roomy inside as a minivan, Bogue said, “how many pieces of the sub seemed improvised, off-the-shelf components, including the video game controller used to pilot the sub.
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