Commercial submersible goes missing while diving to RMS Titanic

A privately operated dive boat to visit the infamous wreck of the RMS Titanic disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean, prompting a search and rescue mission, according to the BBC reported Monday.

The submersible is operated by Oceangate Expeditions Inc. based in Everett, Washington.

Several search and rescue personnel were dispatched to the area following their departure from St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Oceangate was publication about the titanic Expedition on social media, but has not yet confirmed details of the incident. The website was down Monday morning.

It’s also unclear how many people are on board the submersible.

“Due to the worst Newfoundland winter in 40 years, this mission will likely be the first and only manned mission titanic in 2023. A weather window has just opened and we will attempt a dive (on Monday),” an expedition mission specialist wrote on Facebook. He added that the dive team included “legendary explorers,” including some with more than 30 dives titanic since the 1980s.

BBC reports that passengers will be charged $250,000 per person for an 8-day expedition there titanic.

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