U.S. Coast Guard Concludes Search For Submersible After Debris Is Found

June 22, 2023

The outpouring of support in this highly complex search operation has been greatly appreciated. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of the crew.

Rear Admiral John Mauger of the United States Coast Guard announcing that debris found near the Titanic is consistent with a “catastrophic implosion” of the Titan, a submersible which carried five people and had been missing since Sunday.

Why It Matters: This news concludes an around-the-clock search for a submersible called the Titan, which went missing after setting out to view the wreckage of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday. Mauger announced the debris found was “consistent with a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber,” and noted that the families of the crew members had been notified. Mauger acknowledged that there are still many questions (how, why, when), and that they “will remain on scene and continue to gather information” about the incident.

OceanGate Expeditions, the company which operated the Titan, said in a statement: “We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost. These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans. Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time.”

The pilot and 4 passengers of the Titan submersible are dead, US Coast Guard says (The Associated Press)

Missing Titanic Submersible: All Five on Board Believed Dead After ‘Catastrophic Implosion’ (The New York Times)

Watch the U.S. Coast Guard’s press conference HERE

by Jenna Lee,