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Parts of the doomed Titan submersible that imploded during its voyage to the Titanic wreckage were pulled to shore in Canada Wednesday.
Photos and a video showed crews moving at least three large pieces of the OceanGate submersible off the Horizon Arctic ship in St. Johns, Newfoundland. The largest piece pulled from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean appeared to be full of mechanical parts and wires, while two other pieces looked similar to the sub’s external cover and landing frame, The Daily Mail reported.
⚡️The first footage of the wreckage of the sunken submersible"Titan", raised from the depths of the Atlantic pic.twitter.com/cENHjP23Jp
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Search crews found parts of the Titan’s wreckage at the bottom of the ocean last Thursday, confirming that all five passengers aboard the vessel “had sadly been lost.” The debris field was discovered by a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) deployed by the Horizon Arctic.
Rear Admiral John Mauger said that the debris discovered was “the tail cone of the Titan submersible approximately 1,600 feet from the bow of the Titanic on the sea floor.” Additional debris was found, and Mauger said it was “consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber.” He said that upon the discovery, officials immediately notified the families that their loved ones were deceased.
Officials believe it’s likely the submersible imploded hours after its voyage began, and a top-secret U.S. Navy system detected an implosion a short time after learning that the sub lost communication with its mothership, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“The U.S. Navy conducted an analysis of acoustic data and detected an anomaly consistent with an implosion or explosion in the general vicinity of where the Titan submersible was operating when communications were lost,” a senior U.S. Navy official told The Wall Street Journal in a statement. “While not definitive, this information was immediately shared with the Incident Commander to assist with the ongoing search and rescue mission.”
Those aboard the Titan likely died “in milliseconds,” according to experts who spoke after pieces of the vessel were discovered.
OceanGate CEO and founder Stockton Rush was piloting the submersible and was joined by billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, British businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, an esteemed French maritime expert with decades of experience diving into the Titanic wreckage.