All 5 members of nan missing Titan submarine are believed to beryllium dead, nan institution OceanGate said successful a connection Thursday.
“We now judge that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his boy Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, person sadly been lost,” OceanGate said successful a statement. “These men were existent explorers who shared a chopped tone of adventure, and a heavy passion for exploring and protecting nan world’s oceans. Our hearts are pinch these 5 souls and each personnel of their families during this tragic time. We grieve nan nonaccomplishment of life and joyousness they brought to everyone they knew.”
The members of nan submarine included OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush; British businessman Hamish Harding; British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old boy Suleman; and erstwhile French Navy diver Paul-Henry Nargeole. They each embarked connected nan Sunday voyage aboard nan submersible.
The vessel, known arsenic nan Titan, was created by OceanGate Inc. to carrier 5 group 4,000 meters heavy to nan tract of nan Titanic wreck. The submersible went missing connected Sunday disconnected nan seashore of St. John’s, Newfoundland aft its connection systems began failing an hr and 30 minutes aft its descent.
The U.S. Coast Guard led a 10,000-square-mile search to place nan submersible but were met pinch nary findings. Search teams scoured nan aboveground of nan water and nan seabed successful hopes of uncovering nan vessel. An underwater hunt was led by a remote-operated vehicle. Its mother vessel, nan Polar Prince tugboat, was besides utilized passim hunt and rescue efforts.
At a costs of $250,000 per ticket, OceanGate debuted nan Titan successful 2019. Per nan company’s website, its lucrative Titanic Expedition intends to “conduct technological and technological study of nan wreck.”