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Voyage on the Titanic. The mysterious disappearance of the bathyscaphe

In the Atlantic Ocean, the search continues for a mini-submarine that shows tourists the sunken Titanic.

For several days, aircraft and ships from all over the world are participating in the search engine for the missing Titan submersible in the Atlantic Ocean. Today, a Canadian aircraft, also involved in the operation, detected some “undersea noises”.

It will be recalled that the device began to descend on Sunday for an excursion to visit the remains of the ocean liner Titanic, which sank in 1912 at a depth of 3800 meters more than 600 kilometers from Newfoundland, but disappeared shortly after.

Time was against the rescue operation as the air reserve inside the bathyscaphe ran out on Thursday.

Magical noises

The detected noises forced search parties to move underwater operations “in an attempt to investigate the source of the sounds.” The US Coast Guard announced this on Twitter this morning.

However, neither the participants in the operation nor the experts provided further details about the nature or range of the sounds, or how they were captured, although several US media reported that a knock-like sound sound is heard every half hour for at least four hours. .

“This means that one of the tourists inside the bathyscaphe is trying to contact the search party and is giving a signal to await rescue,” the media reported.

Bathyscaphe can get stuck in liner damage

Titan is owned and operated by OceanGate Expeditions. The ship’s oxygen supply is designed for 96 hours, that is, it will end on Thursday afternoon.

On Sunday, she began to descend with five passengers, but lost contact with the surface after two hours of sinking. Titan typically makes contact every 15 minutes, sending a signal to the Polar prince mother ship that launched it. The last message came when the submarine was floating over the wreckage of the Titanic, after which the connection was lost.

polar prince ship

The head of the operation, US Navy Admiral Mauger, acknowledged that the ship could be stuck in the wreckage, and said that in this case, the rescue mission would be “extremely difficult.”

Experts also named two other versions of the Titan accident – it could turn off the power supply system or have a short circuit.

Ticket for 250 thousand dollars

Titan-class mini-submarines are incapable of underwater navigation. Instead, they rely on text messages from the mothership to tell them where to go.

Aboard the submersible are British billionaire and explorer Hamish Harding, 58, president of Action Aviation; experienced French explorer Paul-Henri Narjolet, 73, who led some 50 Titanic expeditions; 48-year-old Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 18-year-old son Suleman, as well as Stockton Rush, head of OceanGate.

The cost of a tourist expedition is about 250 thousand dollars per person. In total, the dive, excursion around the sunken Titanic and the ascent takes eight to ten hours.

The search continues in a vast territory

Aircraft from the United States and Canada, as well as ships, continue to search an area of ​​20,000 square kilometers of open sea.

This afternoon, a group of three Canadian ships joined the search for the bathyscaphe. The ship Atalanta, sent by the French government and equipped with an underwater robot capable of conducting research at great depths, should also join.

Stockton Rush, OceanGate’s chief executive officer, was reportedly warned in 2018 by about 30 representatives of the subsea vehicle sector that the company’s “experimental approach” could lead to “minor to catastrophic ” problems.

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Source: korrespondent

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