Update on missing submersible

June 21, 2023
Atlantic Ocean

With respect to the noises specifically, we don’t know what they are … The good news is … we’re searching in the area where the noises were detected and we’ll continue to do so.

Captain Jamie Frederick of the U.S. Coast Guard in a press briefing on Wednesday providing updates on the search and rescue mission for a missing submersible carrying five people.

Why It Matters: Frederick explained that Canadian aircraft detected underwater noises coming from the Atlantic Ocean in the international search for the submersible, called the Titan, which went missing on Sunday after setting out for the location of the Titanic wreckage. Noises, which have been described as "banging," were detected on Tuesday and Wednesday. Frederick reported that underwater robots have been deployed to the approximate location the noises were heard, and that more vessels and ships are being sent to aid in the search. While the effort to determine the exact location and cause of the noises has so far "yielded negative results," the "Unified Command" is continuing to search and bring in further capabilities. "When you're in the middle of a search and rescue case, you always have hope," Frederick said.

In regards to the oxygen on the submersible (The Associated Press reports, "The vessel is estimated to have as little as a day's worth of oxygen left …"), Frederick emphasized that this is only "one piece of the data," continuing, "we will continue to put every available asset that we have in an effort to find the Titan and crewmembers."

The US Coast Guard is bringing in new ships and underwater vessels to search for lost submersible

Watch Wednesday's full press briefing with the U.S. Coast Guard HERE

by Jenna Lee,