(StraightNews.org) – The US Coast Guard has brought debris from the ill-fated submarine Titan to the surface at St. John’s Harbor in Newfoundland, Canada. Investigators from the US and Canada will examine the wreckage and try to determine what went wrong and why the vessel imploded, killing all on board, less than two hours after it began its descent into the North Atlantic Ocean.
Stockton Rush, CEO of the company that owned and operated the Titan submarine, was among those who perished. He was accompanied by British adventurer Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman, and former French Navy officer and Titanic expert Paul-Henry Nargeolet.
The group was on its way to the ocean floor to visit the world’s most famous shipwreck, RMS Titanic. Communication with the surface was lost soon after departure, prompting a frantic search by US and Canadian officials that carried on for four days. On June 22, the US Coast Guard located the wreckage of Titan about 1,600 feet from the bow of the Titanic.
What is assumed to be human remains was found within the debris, and medical professionals will examine this.
Chairman of the Marine Board of Investigations Jason Neubauer said, “There is still a substantial amount of work to be done to understand the factors that led to the catastrophic loss of the Titan and help ensure a similar tragedy does not occur again.”
Around 250 people have visited the wreck of the Titanic since it was located in 1985, more than 70 years after it sank. Titanic was the most celebrated cruise liner of its day, and its maiden journey from England to New York was spectacular. Some described the ship as unsinkable, but it foundered on its first outing across the Atlantic; it struck an iceberg on April 15, 1912, and sank killing 1,500 people in the freezing ocean.
To this day, investigators debate what went wrong, and the tragedy is the source of countless books, documentaries, and films.
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