Search, rescue operation underway for Titanic-bound submarine with 5 people

Titanic-bound submarine. Representational image by Michal Mrozek on unsplash

A search and rescue operation is reportedly underway for a Titanic-bound submarine carrying 5 people that went missing on Sunday during a tourist expedition to the 1912 wreckage of the Titanic located more than 600 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The submarine which disappeared on Monday during a voyage that began in St. John’s, N.L. was being searched by the U.S. and Canadian coast guards.

The surface crews lost contact with the submersible nearly one hour and 45 minutes following its descent into a remote area of the ocean on Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Rear Admiral John Mauger, commander of the Boston-based First Coast Guard District, who is leading the search and rescue effort, said U.S. and Canadian aircraft are already scouring the scene while coast guard vessels from both countries were also en route.

“Yesterday afternoon, we were notified by the operator of the submersible vessel that it was overdue and it had five persons on board,” Mauger said at a press conference on Monday. “We’re working very closely at this point to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can do to locate the submersible and rescue those onboard…Adding to the complexity of this case…this was a submersible vessel…we’re looking both on the surface for the vessel… but we’re also having to search in the water column.”

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