Heartbreaking Update On Lost Titanic Submarine

Titanic Submarine Update: Banging sounds have been heard during the search for the Titan, according to an internal US government memo.
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There has been a heartbreaking update regarding the lost submarine that went missing while on an excursion to explore the Titanic wreckage.

Five passengers were onboard a small submarine – named Titan – and they were visiting the renowned ship that sank in 1912.

It was approximately one hour and 45 minutes into its journey that the US Coast Guard announced that they had lost contact with the vessel – which is believed to be lost somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

Now there has finally been an update on the status of the missing vessel.

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Sonars reportedly detected banging sounds on June 20 from underneath the water in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Crews searching for the submarine picked up the sound – which was happening every 30 minutes.

Another crew, that was deployed four hours later, noticed the same banging noises according to a memo that has obtained by CNN.

The memo adds: “Additional acoustic feedback was heard and will assist in vectoring surface assets and also indicating continued hope of survivors.”

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In another update reported by Rolling Stone, a Canadian P3 aircraft has apparently located a white rectangular object in the water.

But another ship which was set to investigate the object was diverted to help research the acoustic feedback instead.

However, USCG North East has since tweeted that the searches have ‘yielded negative results’.

Despite news that banging can be heard, retired British Navy rear admiral Chris Parry told LBC, via the Daily Mail, that unfortunately, the chances of finding the submarine are ‘vanishingly small’.

He says: “I’m afraid the odds are vanishingly small. Obviously, we want to remain hopeful and optimistic but there are two problems here – one is actually finding the thing and secondly is how on earth are you going to get it off the seabed.

“It’s never been done before and I don’t think anybody’s got any ideas about how to do it at the moment.”

Admiral Parry also slammed OceanGate – the company behind the excursion – for not having a ‘backup plan’ and claimed that the trip is ‘fundamentally dangerous’.

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He continues: “Why on earth you would go in a dodgy piece of technology where you actually have to sign away any right to sue the company for emotional damage, injury or death is beyond me.

“It is fundamentally dangerous, there was no backup plan, it’s experimental and I’m afraid to say there’s an element of hubris if you want to go down and do that.”

The search for the ship continues but time is tight as it is believed that the submarine only has approximately 24 hours of oxygen left – with it running out at roughly 12pm UK time (7am EST).

It is believed that an Odysseus 6K, which is capable of going to a depth of 6,000 meters, or 19,000 feet is being transported to Canada in a last-ditch attempt to rescue the Titan.

The vessel is expected to submerge at midnight tonight.

There are also fears that the submarine could have possibly imploded at 10,000 ft underwater – as at those depths, the weight of the water would exert extreme pressure on the missing submersible.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.