It is suspected that the emergency supply of oxygen that was on board the missing submarine associated with the Titanic has run out, which has caused concerns for the five people who were on board.
In the event that there was an emergency situation, the Titan sub owned by OceanGate Expeditions was outfitted with sufficient oxygen to sustain the five men on board for four days, which is equivalent to 96 hours.
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According to the timeframe that was provided by officials from the United States Coast Guard, this meant that rescue teams had until 8 am Eastern Time, which is equivalent to 1 pm in the UK, on Thursday to reach them before their prospects of life became impossible. After a mere one hour and 45 minutes, the submarine lost touch with the vessel that was providing it with support. After that, it did not resurface at the predetermined time of 3 p.m. EDT.
It was 5.40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time when the US Coast Guard claimed it received information of the missing vessel. An extensive search and rescue mission has been initiated, with the United States Coast Guard in Boston serving as the operation’s command center. Other organizations, sonar technology, planes designed for military use, and rescue vessels equipped with deep-ocean remotely operated vehicles are all participating in the mission.
But as the clock struck 1 o’clock in the United Kingdom on Thursday morning (or 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), the hopes of finding the five men alive had significantly decreased. This was four days after the Titan sank into the Atlantic Ocean.
The passengers included a well-known French diver named Paul-Henri Nargeolet, OceanGate CEO and founder Stockton Rush, a British wealthy adventurer named Hamish Harding, a Pakistani businessman named Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, who is 19 years old, and OceanGate CEO and founder Stockton Rush. There was no new information provided by Captain Frederick on the oxygen timeline, although he did emphasize that there are “many factors” at play in addition to the official estimate that was initially offered at a news conference on Tuesday.
During that meeting, he admitted that officials did not know if crews would be able to rescue the people inside even if they were successful in locating the submarine before the oxygen ran out. However, he did say that officials were hopeful that they would be able to do so.