Canadian ROV searches for missing Titanic submersible, reaches sea floor

Canadian ROV. Image credit Twitter @NateInGP

Toronto/CMEDIA: In its search for the missing OceanGate submersible, a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) deployed by the Canadian ship Horizon Arctic has reached the sea floor, the U.S. Coast Guard was reported saying Thursday morning.

This search was also joined by a French vessel, L’Atalante, which deployed an ROV to the effort.

As of Thursday morning, there were reportedly no further leads on the location, possibly due to estimated oxygen supply on the missing submersible reaching its estimated maximum 96-hour mark.

The submersible, called the Titan, carrying five passengers: Hamish Harding, a billionaire and explorer; Paul-Henry (PH) Nargeolet, a French explorer; Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman, members of a prominent Pakistani family; and OceanGate CEO and Titan pilot Stockton Rush, went missing off the coast of St. John’s early Sunday morning during a dive to the wreck of the Titanic.

Since 2021 OceanGate Expeditions, has been running tours to the British ocean-liner.

Since the disappearance, a 2018 engineering report has emerged alleging issues with the submersible’s structure details.

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