“Underwater Sounds” offer a glimmer of hope in the desperate search for Titan Sub Ship’s crew

By Steve Gorman and Joseph Axe

June 21 (Reuters) – Rescue teams set out on Wednesday to trace the origin of the sounds heard from the depths of the North Atlantic. They searched for a tourist dive boat with five people on board that disappeared while descending to the centuries-old wreck of the Die titanic.

The U.S. Coast Guard said search operations using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) were being conducted in the area where Canadian planes spotted the underwater noise Tuesday as the clock was ticking over the past 24 hours of suspected air supply to the missing vehicle.

“The sonobuoys detected noises in the water. We do not know the source of this noise,” US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Mauger told CBS on Wednesday. Two ROVs and a surface vessel would be deployed to help locate the source of the noise, he said.

“This is an incredibly complex site,” Mauger said, noting that metal and other objects underwater made it difficult to pinpoint the source.”

The 21 foot (6.4 meter) long dive boat titaniumAccording to the US Coast Guard, the vessel, which is operated by US-based OceanGate Expeditions, began descending at 8 a.m. (1200 GMT) on Sunday. Shortly thereafter, during a two-hour dive to the Titanic, it lost contact with its mother ship.

This was announced by the US Coast Guard Tuesday by around 1700 GMT it had enough air for 41 hours, which would mean a deadline of around 1000 GMT (6am) on Thursday. The ship has, according to its specifications, 96 hours of air supply if intact. However, experts say the deadline will depend on a number of factors, including whether power is still available.

The wreck of the British ocean liner that struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912 sank to the seabed at a depth of about 12,500 feet (3,810 meters). It is approximately 900 miles (1,450 km) east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and 400 miles south of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Among those on board the submersible, the culmination of a tourist expedition costing $250,000 per person, were British billionaire adventurer Hamish Harding, 58, and Pakistani-born businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, with his 19-year-old son Suleman British Citizens.

Also on board were reportedly French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, 77, and Stockton Rush, founder and CEO of OceanGate Expeditions. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of any passenger.

A friend of Harding’s, Jannicke Mikkelsen, who has accompanied the British entrepreneur on other expeditions, told Reuters on Tuesday she hoped for good news but was not optimistic. “It would be a miracle if they were recovered alive,” she said.

Teams from the United States, Canada and France were involved in the search, covering an open ocean area larger than the US state of Connecticut or about half the size of Belgium.

Reports of “popping” noises

Planes and ships belonging to the US Coast Guard, US Navy and Canadian Forces have combed more than 7,600 square miles (19,700 square kilometers) of the North Atlantic, US Coast Guard Captain Jamie Frederick said on Tuesday.

The Canadian military dropped sonar buoys to listen for possible noise titanium and a commercial pipeline-lay vessel with a remote-controlled deep-sea submersible is also on the lookout, he said.

A French research ship French marine research institute Ifremer said it had been sent to the area on a deep-sea robotic submersible at the request of the US Navy and is expected to arrive later on Wednesday.

The US Coast Guard said Canadian Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft equipped with underwater surveillance equipment to track submarines detected the underwater noise in the search area on Tuesday.

Remotely operated underwater equipment was stationed in the area where the sounds were detected and data from the P-3 aircraft was made available to US Navy experts “for further analysis to be considered in future search plans,” the US wrote -Coast Guard in their Twitter statement.

No details were given about the nature of the noise, but CNN and Rolling Stone magazine, citing internal US government communications, reported that Canadian planes in the area had heard popping noises at 30-minute intervals.

Rolling Stone said the sounds were picked up by sonar buoys and the sonar picked up more popping noises four hours later.

CNN, citing a US government memo, said additional noises were heard about four hours after the cracking was discovered, but the second occurrence was not described as a cracking sound.

Experts say rescuers face big obstacles both in finding and finding them titanium and in rescuing the people on board.

In the event of an emergency mid-dive, Titans The pilot would likely have dropped weights to float back to the surface, said Alistair Greig, a professor of marine engineering at University College London. However, he said that without any communications, it would be difficult to locate the transport-sized submersible in the Atlantic.

The submersible is sealed on the outside with bolts, so even if it does surface, the occupants cannot escape unaided.

If titanium got stuck on the seabed a rescue operation Due to the tremendous pressure and total darkness at a depth of more than 2 miles, even greater challenges lie ahead. titanic Expert Tim Matlin said it was “nearly impossible to perform a submarine-to-submarine rescue” on the seabed.

The sinking of titanic, which killed more than 1,500 people, has long been immortalized in books and films. Public interest was rekindled by the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman and Joseph Ax; Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien, Natalie Thomas, Aiden Nulty, Kanishka Singh, Ismail Shakil, Steve Scherer, Steve Holland, Daniel Trotta, Brad Brooks and Ariba Shahid; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan, Edmund Blair and Janet Lawrence)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023.

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