(Daily360.com) – The sage of the doomed Titanic searching submersible came to an official close late last week. Sadly, it seems according to a United States Coast Guard official the craft had a “catastrophic loss of pressure” and imploded.
Rear Admiral John Mauger held a press conference to further detail the events surrounding the OceeanGate Expeditions submersible. He said they were able to locate the tail cone along with other debris consistent with the craft about 1,600 feet from the bow of the sunken Titanic. A remote operated vehicle (ROV) was sent down and relayed images to experts who made the determination.
Once they’d ascertained this was the craft they notified the families of the deceased on board. It’s likely the victims; billionaire British tycoon Hamish Harding, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, French explorer and diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet and its pilot and chief executive of OceanGate Stockton Rush, were killed in a matter of milliseconds and would not have known what was happening.
The craft was not tethered to anything and was on a free float down to the 12,500 foot grave of the Titanic. The submersible was 22 feet in length and could travel at a speed of 3 knots per hour. With each foot descended the pressure would increase at a rate of 6,000 pounds per square inch. Experts say that all that would be needed to cause an implosion is one small crack or fault in the carbon fiber or titanium hull of the craft. An implosion like this would resemble a bubble created by the force of the water.
As it turns out the United States government likely knew that the craft imploded almost immediately on the Sunday it went missing. Using very precise and secret sonar equipment the government picked up the sounds of the submersible imploding. However, it seems they did not share this information with anyone as a global rescue effort using rescue personnel, man hours, equipment, air resources and other measures last for days. The media presented stories of the frantic search as the sub’s 96 hours of air was running out.
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