Submarine exploring Titanic wreck missing, search underway

Washington, May 19 (BNA) A submarine that was on a tourist expedition to explore the wreck of the Titanic has disappeared off the coast of southeastern Canada, according to the private company that runs the ship.

OceanGate Expeditions said in a brief statement Monday that it was “mobilizing all options” to rescue those on board. It was not immediately clear how many people were missing.

The US Coast Guard did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Media reports said the Coast Guard has launched search and rescue operations, according to Reuters.

“We are deeply grateful for the extensive assistance we have received from many government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to reconnect with the submarine,” OceanGate said in a statement.

The company is currently running its fifth Titanic “mission” of 2023, according to its website, which was scheduled to start last week and end Thursday.

The expedition, which costs $250,000 per person, begins in St. John’s, Newfoundland, before winding about 400 miles into the Atlantic Ocean to the wreck site, according to the OceanGate website.

In order to visit the wreck, passengers climb inside the Titan, a five-person submersible, which takes about two hours to descend to the Titanic.

The famous British passenger liner sank in 1912 on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people. The story has been immortalized in fiction and non-fiction books as well as in the 1997 movie “Titanic.”

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