8:36 pm ET, June 21, 2023
The search for the missing diver intensifies as fears grow that oxygen supplies are running low. Here’s what we know
From CNN staff
A screenshot of a Canadian Armed Forces Operations video posted on June 21, 2023, showing search efforts for the OceanGate Titan submarine.
Canadian Armed Forces
The submarine, known as the “Titan,” begins each trip with 96 hours of life support and has been missing since Sunday. Set up Thursday morning As a prime target for finding ships and people on board.
The U.S. Coast Guard turned some of its equipment to detect thunder sounds heard during an aerial search Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the far North Atlantic. Although it has not yielded any results, officials said Wednesday that the sonar equipment of the Canadian P-3 aircraft was being analyzed by the US Navy.
Here’s what we learned today:
How the partner disappeared:
The ship, operated by OceanGate Expeditions, began its descent two hours into the wreck of the Titanic on Sunday morning. (You can see how deep the wreck is Here.
Officials said it lost contact with the support ship Polar Prince, which the ship was carrying to a location in the North Atlantic, after 1 hour and 45 minutes. A search operation was launched that day. It is still unclear what happened to the submarine, why it lost contact, and how close it was to the Titanic when it disappeared.
What do we know about noise?
: A banging sound
It was identified by Canadian aircraft on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipment was moved to the location where the noises were detected.
Capt. Jamie Frederick, response coordinator for the First Coast Guard District. But searches in the area “returned negative results,” he said. The aircraft’s data identifying the noises was sent to the US Navy, but so far it has Endless,”
Frederick said the Coast Guard had no idea what the sounds were.
What it could be:
According to OceanGate, the ship begins each voyage with 96 hours of life support — and officials believe there are “limited rations” of food and water for the five people on board. Red. Navy Captain David Marquette, former submarine captain. He told CNN about the frozen water nearby
At that depth the situation would probably be very uncomfortable. “The insides of the submarine are freezing. They’re all huddled together trying to conserve their body heat. They’re running low on oxygen, and they’re exhaling carbon dioxide,” he said.
The support vessel that brought the submarine to the dive site remains at sea until the end of the search
, the operator said Wednesday. Horizon Maritime Services said Polar Prince’s role was to support the Coast Guard and that the searchers were “very aware”. Time sensitivity
around this mission.” The ship has a crew of 17, said Sean Leit, the company’s co-founder and president.
If the search crew finds the missing submersible at sea, authorities will face a more complex rescue mission. A US Navy rescue unit arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Wednesday, a Navy official said. The Flyway Deep Ocean Salvage System
(FADOSS) is capable of retrieving objects or vessels from the bottom of the ocean floor up to 20,000 feet deep, but a vessel must first be moored, which can take a full day, the official said. You can see all the equipment being used in the search efforts Here.