Debris field consistent with ‘catastrophic implosion’ of tourist submersible Ship’s crew

The US Coast Guard has confirmed that the titanium The submersible suffered a “catastrophic implosion” in which all five people on board were lost.

The confirmation comes after a debris field was found within the search area early Thursday morning, about 1,600 feet from the ship’s bow titanic. The debris is consistent with a catastrophic loss of pressure, the Coast Guard said in a media briefing at noon.

The debris field consisted of five major components, including the submersible’s stern cone and the fore and aft end bells, as well as the main part of the pressure chamber.

The tour operator OceanGate Expeditions has also confirmed that all five people on board died.

The discovery of the debris field came after more remotely operated vehicle (ROV) vessels arrived at the site over the past approximately 24 hours.

The Coast Guard says the debris was located by an ROV horizon arctic, an anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) operated by Horizon Maritime, after its ROV reached the seabed early Thursday. The company also operates OceanGate’s expedition support vessel polar princewith which it was brought into being titanium The submarine was brought on board Sunday morning and later reported missing after contact with the ship was lost.

The horizon arctic arrived on site sometime Wednesday after loading deep-sea gear at St. John’s. Equipment included a US military ROV and the US Navy’s Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS), a man-portable and motion-compensated hoisting system designed for deep-sea transport to recover large, bulky, and heavy objects such as aircraft or small ships.

The BBC previously reported that the wreckage included “a landing frame and a rear cover of the submersible,” according to someone familiar with the search. The Coast Guard later confirmed details of the debris in its midday press conference.

ROVs will remain on site to gather information and map the debris.

Winds of 14 mph gusting up to 20 mph, 4-5 foot seas and an air temperature of 50°F were reported at the scene of the accident today.

OceanGate’s statement is below:

We now believe that our Stockton Rush CEO, Shahzada Dawood, and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding and Paul-Henri Nargeolet are sadly lost.

“These men were true explorers who shared a strong spirit of adventure and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans. Our hearts go out to these five souls and each member of their families at this tragic time. We mourn the loss of lives and the joy they brought to all who knew them.

This is an extremely sad time for our dedicated staff who are exhausted and deeply mourned at this loss. The entire OceanGate family is deeply grateful to the countless men and women from numerous organizations in the international community who have contributed extensive resources and worked so hard on this mission. We appreciate their dedication to finding these five explorers and their days and nights of tireless work to support our crew and their families.

This is a very sad time for the entire explorer community and for all family members of those who died at sea. We respectfully ask that the privacy of these families be respected at this extremely painful time.

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