After days of searching for the missing Titan submarine that disappeared during its dive to see the remains of the Titanic, the passengers are now confirmed dead by the US Coast Guard.
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This conclusion came after both the estimated amount of oxygen in the vessel ran out and evidence of a catastrophic implosion was discovered.
The company that operated the submarine made clear their position in a statement released on Thursday evening.
“We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost,” an OceanGate statement declared.
“Those men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans.
“Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time. We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.”
Approximately 1,600ft from the bow of the Titanic wreckage, it has been confirmed that the tail cone of the missing sub has been recovered on the seafloor.
This was confirmed by Rear Admiral John Mauger, who was entrusted with leading the search for the submarine.
Further debris was found nearby, which Mauger also confirmed via a US Coast Guard statement.
“In consultation with experts from within unified command, the debris is consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber,” Mauger declared.
“On behalf of the US Coast Guard and entire unified command, I offer deepest condolences to the families.
“I can only imagine what this has been like for them and I hope this discovery provides some solace during this difficult time.”
However, when pressed by a Sky News reporter, the Rear Admiral refused to confirm whether any bodies had been discovered.
“This is an incredibly complex operating environment on the seafloor, over two miles beneath the surface,” he concluded.
“The remote operating vehicle has been searching, and it’s highly capable, and we’ve been able to classify parts of the pressure chamber for the Titan submersible. “However, it’s an incredibly unforgiving environment on the seafloor.”