The search is over for the missing Titan submersible, and officials claim they heard its implosion long before it was confirmed.
According to NPR, “the Navy detected ‘an anomaly consistent with an implosion or explosion’ in acoustic data taken from the same area where the Titan went missing.”
The noise was detected on Sunday, the day the submersible went missing. Despite that, search and rescue efforts continue through Thursday when pieces of the submersible were discovered on the ocean floor near the wreck of the Titanic.
In a statement to NPR, an official with the Navy said of the detected sound, “While not definitive, this information was immediately shared with the Incident Commander to assist with the ongoing search and rescue mission. The decision was made to continue our mission as a search and rescue and make every effort to save the lives on board.”
The Coast Guard first tweeted on Monday that they were assisting in the search for the missing Titan submersible after it lost communication with its control ship just an hour and 45 minutes into the dive on Sunday.
The incident occurred around 900 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.
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In an interview with the Today Show on Thursday, June 22, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. John Mauger spoke of the submermisble’s 96-hour oxygen supply before it was known to have imploded.
When asked if he had hope for the passengers’ survival, considering the oxygen was scheduled to run out that morning, he said that they have to consider “people’s will to survive” in complex search operations such as this.
Rear Adm. John Mauger of the U.S. Coast Guard speaks to TODAY about the latest efforts to rescue the five people on board the missing submersible Titan as it runs low on oxygen.
“People’s will to live really needs to be accounted for, as well,” he says. pic.twitter.com/6FJ3w1Z0Ty
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 22, 2023
The international search operation pulled in help from helicopters, drones, remote-operated vehicles and more to assist in finding the Titan and hopefully bringing its passengers home.
Sadly, the rescue mission ended with tragic yet anticipated news: the five passengers didn’t survive.
On Thursday, June 22, OceanGate Expeditions, the company responsible for the Titan, issued a statement that read: “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.”
— OceanGate Expeditions (@OceanGateExped) June 22, 2023