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In Pictures: Who are the 5 trapped in missing Titanic Submarine?

The search is still on for the 6.5-metre tourist submersible, named Titan, that went missing on its way to visit the wreck of the Titanic in the North Atlantic on Sunday, 18 June.

Search Includes Robots, Planes, and Sonar Listening Equipment

On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the Canadian vessel Horizon Arctic deployed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) “that has reached the sea floor and began its search” for the missing submersible. Additionally, a French robot called Victor 6000, capable of diving to 6,000 meters underwater, has also been deployed. Previous search efforts have involved the use of aircraft and sonar.

Who is on the Lost Titanic Submarine?

The vessel, operated by the US-based firm Ocean Gate, had five members on board. One of them is Hamish Harding, a 58-year-old British billionaire and chairman of airplane marketplace Action Aviation.

Shahzada and his son Suleman Dawood-Image Source@Twitter
Shahzada and his son Suleman Dawood-Image Source@Twitter

Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman Dawood, 19, from one of Pakistan’s wealthiest families, were also on board.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet, a 73-year-old French explorer who has made 35 trips to the Titanic wreckage, and Stockton Rush, the 61-year-old CEO and founder of OceanGate Expeditions, completed the crew.

Pilot of missing Titanic Submarine, Stockton Rush. Image via Twitter @asapcomrade
Pilot of missing Titanic Submarine, Stockton Rush. Image via Twitter @asapcomrade

Expedition Details and Efforts

The submersible was part of an eight-day expedition operated by OceanGate Expeditions, which organizes trips to the remains of the Titanic. Tourists pay $250,000 (about R4.6 million) for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. The submersible lost signal after approximately one hour and 45 minutes into its two and a half hour journey. According to OceanGate, Titan departed with 96 hours of air, indicating that the oxygen supply would have been depleted on the morning of Thursday, 22 June.

Continued Search Efforts

The ongoing search for the missing submersible involves the use of advanced technology. The Canadian vessel Horizon Arctic deployed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to search the sea floor, while the French robot Victor 6000, designed for deep-sea exploration, has also been put into action. The search has previously involved aircraft and sonar listening equipment.

Hope and Concerns

As the search continues, there is both hope and concern for the safety of the crew on board the missing submersible. The technological capabilities of the deployed robots provide optimism that the vessel can be located. However, the passage of time and the potential depletion of the oxygen supply raise concerns about the well-being of those on board.

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