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In Dire Straits: With Titanic Sub Crew Out of Oxygen, Search-and-Rescue Experts Explain What Happens Next



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The rescue operation to save the five passengers onboard the missing submarine remains in full swing.

Despite the imminent depletion of oxygen supplies on the missing Titan submersible, the tireless rescue operation to save the five passengers onboard remains in full swing.

A collaborative effort involving the United States, Canada, France, and other nations has deployed aircraft equipped with sonar, diverse sea vessels, and cutting-edge deep-sea exploration tools. Their collective mission aims to locate the OceanGate Expeditions’ submersible, which vanished just one hour and 45 minutes into its Titanic exploration near the coast of Newfoundland on Sunday, carrying a 96-hour air reserve.

Frank Owen, a former submarine officer from the Royal Australian Navy and an expert in search-and-rescue operations, emphasized the urgent and relentless nature of the ongoing search. He expressed certainty that rescuers would persist well beyond the projected 96-hour timeframe, set to conclude at 7:08 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Encouraging reports emerged on the third day of the search-and-rescue mission, indicating the detection of recurring underwater sounds described as both “banging” and “tapping.” These developments have instilled hope in the minds of the rescue teams.

Coast Guard First District Capt. Jamie Frederick addressed the media on Wednesday, stating unequivocally that this mission is solely focused on search and rescue. He assured the public that every available resource will continue to be deployed in the relentless pursuit of locating the Titan and its crew members.

“This is a search-and-rescue mission, 100%,” Coast Guard First District Capt. Jamie Frederick told reporters. “We’ll continue to put every available asset that we have in an effort to find the Titan and the crew members.”


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