Titanic Submersible: Rescuers Scramble to Find Missing Tourists As Craft Has Less Than 16 Hours of Oxygen Left

Titanic Submersible: Rescuers Scramble to Find Missing Tourists As Craft Has Less Than 16 Hours of Oxygen Left

  • The search for the missing Titanic tourist submersible is fast approaching the do-or-die threshold as the vessel is running out of oxygen
  • Rescuers have been searching for the OceanGate Titan since it lost communication after diving to visit the Titanic on the North Atlantic floor
  • The US coast guard announced that underwater noises that resemble knocking were detected in the search area

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NEWFOUNDLAND - The search for the tourist submersible that went missing near the wreck of the Titanic has intensified as the five people inside are quickly running out of oxygen.

Rescuers are searching for the Titanic tourist submersible that went missing on Sunday
The clock is ticking as rescuers frantically search for the OceanGate Titan that disappeared on Sunday, 18 June. Image: Ocean Gate & Denis Thaust
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With less than 16 hours of oxygen left in the vessel, rescuers are scrambling to find tourists and crew trapped inside.

The 6.5m craft plunged into the North Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, 18 June, to see the remains of the British passenger liner that infamously sank in 1912.

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US and Canadian Coast Guards search for Titanic tourist submersible

The US and Canada have deployed coast guard ships and planes, which are searching 20 000 square kilometres of ocean to find the vessel.

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On Wednesday, 21 June, the US Coast Guard revealed that rescuers detected noises that sounded like knocking in the search area, The Citizen reported.

Listen to the "underwater noises" below:

Remotely operated vehicles were redirected to investigate the underwater noises, but searches yielded no results.

The tourist aboard the vessel includes a British aviation billionaire, a Pakistani tycoon and his son. The three pay about R4.6 million for a seat on the sub called the Titan. The tour operator's boss and a French submarine operator are also trapped in the Titan, IOL reported.

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World in disbelief over missing Titanic tourist submersible

Below are some comments:

@MullinsAuthor said:

"Praying they're found alive."

@zmbulawa commented:

"This reminds me of the Kursk incident in 2000."

@CzArODriego claimed:

"They dove into their own graves."

@thabanimnyama exclaimed:

"Man, it’s really wild, and I can’t even imagine what they must be going through now down there."

@galleiooo claimed:

"Not to mention, that submersible sub can only go down 4000m, so it’s a 200m buffer until that lil thing explodes, and they still said yea, that’s cool."

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In another story, Briefly News reported that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives on Sunday, 23 April, exhumed 18 more bodies in Shakahola village, believed to be of Kenyan Pastor Paul Mackenzie's Christian cult.

Six bodies were first found in three shallow graves. One grave had three bodies, another had two and the third had one.

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Hours later, 12 more bodies were found in seven graves, raising the total number of exhumations to 39, the Ugandan news site Monitor reported.

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