OceanGate Expeditions, the tourism company responsible for the disappearance of the submersible with five people on board, took eight hours to report it to the Coast Guard after it lost contact, DailyMail.com reveals.
The company’s Titan went under at 8 a.m. Sunday about 400 miles southeast of St John’s, Newfoundland, near the site of the famous wreck.
There are five people on board; tourists Hamish Harding, 58, Shahzada Dawood, 48, and her son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, French Navy pilot Paul-Henry (PH) Nargeolet and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush.
At 9:45 a.m., one hour and 45 minutes after the dive, she lost contact with her mother ship, the Polar Prince.
But she wasn’t reported missing to the US Coast Guard until 5:40 p.m., eight hours later. The Canadian Coast Guard was not alerted until later, at 9:13 p.m. Sunday night.
Now, experts say the crew, who had about 48 hours of oxygen left on Tuesday morning, have only a one percent chance of survival.
“If I were advising the prime minister, I would say his chances are one per cent,” Lieutenant David Marquet, a former US Navy nuclear submarine commander, told DailyMail.com this morning.
At 9:45 a.m., one hour and 45 minutes after the dive, she lost contact with her mother ship, the Polar Prince. But her disappearance was not reported to the US Coast Guard until 5:40 p.m., eight hours later. The Canadian Coast Guard was not alerted until later, at 9:13 p.m. Sunday night.
The Titan submarine is shown on Sunday morning, seconds before going under at around 8 a.m. with five people on board.
The Polar Prince is the expedition ship used for the dives. She didn’t alert the Coast Guard until 5:40 p.m.
The ship wreck is 12,500 feet underwater. There are fears that the Titan is now trapped within it.
Last year, the Titan lost communication with the mother ship for two hours during a similar dive. She resurfaced, and the mishap was jokingly documented by a CBS reporter who was on board at the time.
The company has yet to explain why it took so long to alert the Coast Guard when the Titan lost communications on Sunday.
In a statement on Tuesday, it said: “For some time, we have been unable to establish communications with one of our submersible rovers currently visiting the Titanic wreck site.”
LOST SUBMERSIBLE SCHEDULE
4 a.m.: Depart Newfoundland on the Polar Prince expedition ship
8 a.m.: The Titan, a 22-foot five-person submersible, submerges
9:45: Titan loses communication with expedition ship
5:40 p.m.: US Coast Guard alerted
21:13: Coast Guard station in Nova Scotia alerted
Missing sub is first reported by the media
THURSDAY 8AM: 96 hours from the dive
“Our entire focus is on the well-being of the crew and all possible measures are being taken to bring all five crew members back safely.
We are deeply grateful for the urgent and extensive assistance we are receiving from multiple government agencies and deepwater companies as we seek to re-establish contact with the submersible.
“We pray for the safe return of the crew and passengers, and will provide updates as they become available.”
We haven’t even found them yet. If we do, I would raise it to 15 percent.
“It’s bleak, I don’t want to say it, but I’m trying to be realistic.
‘Miracles happen [like the Thai boys who were lost in a cave in 2015] but this is a different situation.
‘This is a desperate race against time.’
He compared it to trying to find a ‘minivan’ among the wreckage of the huge ship.
“The problem, it’s most likely on the bottom at this point because it wasn’t found on the surface and it doesn’t seem to be making any noise, so this leads me to a pessimistic thought process that they can’t convert.” in the helmet
So we’re talking about trying to find a minivan in the wreckage of the Titanic.
“Once they find it, we have to get it to the surface, which means freeing it if it’s housed on the Titanic in any way.
‘Or more likely, they have lost the ability [to surface]so we need to hoist them up, which requires a ship with a 2.5 mile long cable.
‘The hardest part will be hooking it. It’s like that arcade game, except you can’t see, so paint the walls black and make it 2.5 miles long, and there’s wind in there, so it blows.
‘All is not lost yet because they still have oxygen, but… imagine the submarine is on the far side of the moon, that’s a better representation.
‘Even if you find it, how do you get it back? They can’t open it from the inside, it’s bolted from the outside.
Marquet lamented the fact that there are few, if any, other vessels with the ability to dive to 12,500 feet to rescue them.
‘The US Navy and the Royal Navy have a long history of operating submarines and they don’t go as deep as these guys. They are in unknown territory. If our subs went that deep, they’d all be dead.
Shahzada Dawood, 48, (pictured with wife Christine), a board member of the UK-based charity Prince’s Trust, and her son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, are among the five people missing on the submarine that left to view the wreck. Titanic, it was revealed today
Sulaiman Dawood, 19, who is missing aboard the submarine, is pictured with his mother Christine.
Among those taking part in the expedition is billionaire Hamish Harding (pictured), CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai. He excitedly posted on social media about being there on Sunday.
French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet (left) is believed to be participating in the expedition, along with Stockton Rush (right), CEO of the OceanGate Expedition.
“The submarine would rupture: there would be a hull crack, or a pipe would burst, fill with water and sink to the bottom. And the pressure… everyone would die.’
‘At this pressure, it is 400 times the pressure of sea level. That’s hard to conceive
It would take all the air in a room and collapse it to the size of a trash can. At these pressures, if a leak were to occur, they’d be dead before they knew it.
Aaron Amick, a contractor and US Navy veteran, echoed their concerns.
“I know everyone is waiting for the US Navy to save the day, but our rescue submarine is limited to 2,000 feet deep.
‘There is no one capable of reaching the Titan who can rescue the Titan. Her only hope is to find a way to the surface on her own where we can help her,” she said.
Amick likened the Titan to a ‘grave’ thrown into the water with no emergency breathing devices on board.
“Basically they lock 5 people in a grave and dump it in the bottom. The crew never had a chance,” she said, adding that the occupants can only get out if you are on the surface.
Inside the missing submarine, which is like a ‘minivan’ with room for five people
A desperate search is currently underway for a 22-foot deep-sea vessel (shown in this graphic) that went missing with five people on board as it plunged to the Titanic wreck site, which is now cut off from the world in claustrophobia. . conditions
He said he figures the submarine is “sitting on the bottom,” out of his reach.
‘Loss of power or structural failure are my two best guesses. Both? Sitting in the background either way,’ she said.
Rear Admiral John Mauger, who is coordinating the search, said Tuesday teams had been working “around the clock” to locate it.
“This is a complex case and the Coast Guard does not have all the resources to be able to perform this type of rescue, even though this is an area within our search zone,” he said Tuesday morning during an appearance on Good Morning America. .
OceanGate is in charge of the underwater search, he said.
The company has not provided details about when the ship went missing or when the Coast Guard was informed.
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