Titanic submarine: What happened?
The family of the British billionaire and teenager who died aboard the Titanic sub were on its mother ship when the tragedy struck.
Suleman Dawood, 19, and his father Shahzada, were among the five people aboard the OceanGate Titan submersible who died during a “catastrophic implosion” as it descended to the wreck of the ocean liner in the Atlantic Ocean last week.
Christine Dawood and her 17-year-old daughter, Alina, were on the Polar Prince, the sub’s support vessel, when the Titan lost communications and was never heard from again, she told the BBC.
Youtuber James Donaldson, most known as MrBeast, has revealed he was invited on the OceanGate Titanic expedition tour that imploded last week, killing all five of its passengers.
“I was invited earlier this month to ride the [T]itanic submarine, I said no. Kind of scary that I could have been on it,” Mr Donaldson tweeted.
The Coast Guard announced debris from the sub was located approximately 12,500 feet (3,810 metres) underwater and 1,600 feet away from the Titanic wreckage.
US Coast Guard debunks pictures ‘showing Titan’s wreck’
Photographs circulating online, which internet users claimed showed the remains of OceanGate’s Titan submersible, have been debunked.
The US Coast Guard confirmed to the Associated Press reported that there are no public images of the wreckage so far.
Two of the pictures that allegedly showed the Titan’s debris are actually from the remains of the Titanic itself and were taken in 2004.
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Watch: Teenage Titanic submersible victim’s mother shares last words she shared with son
Christine Dawood, the mother of 19-year-old Suleman Dawood who died alongside his father and three others on board the Titan submersible, has shared their last conversation.
Teenage Titanic submersible victim’s mother shares last words she shared with son
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Will OceanGate face legal action?
Prior to embarking on the journey, the five passengers signed liability waivers accepting that it could result in death.
But, despite this, the waiver may not shield OceanGate from potential lawsuits by the victims’ families.
Timothy E Allen, an attorney and former Secret Service agent, said in a statement to The Independent that waivers won’t protect the company if it turns out there was defects with the sub.
“Submarines operate in a high-pressure environment, and any flaws or weaknesses in the construction, design, or materials used can potentially lead to catastrophic failures such as implosion,” he said.
“If it can be established that the implosion was caused by inherent defects in the mechanics or engineering of the submarine, the responsible party may be held liable, even if a waiver was signed.”
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Bodies of missing Titanic sub passengers ‘may never be recovered’
The bodies of the five passengers aboard the Titanic sub that was lost in a “catastrophic implosion” near the wreck may never be recovered from the Atlantic, the US Coast Guard said.
The pressure chamber of the OceanGate Titan was found among other debris, approximately 1,600ft from the bow of the Titanic on the sea floor by a remote operated vehicle (ROV) on Thursday.
“This is an incredibly unforgiving environment out there on the sea floor. The debris is consistent with the catastrophic implosion of the vessel. We will continue to work and search the area down there but I don’t have an answer on prospects at this time,” said Rear Admiral John Mauger of the US Coast Guard.
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Youtube star MrBeast reveals he was asked to go on OceanGate tour before tragedy
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Titanic to ‘return to Netflix’ on 1 July
The 1997 blockbuster Titanic will return to Netflix in July – just weeks after a doomed expedition to the ocean liner’s resting place on the ocean floor.
The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is returning to the streaming platform on 1 July, according to HuffPost, along nearly 100 other titles.
It is unclear whether the decision to add Titanic was made before or after the Titan submersible tragedy this week but some on social media suggested Netflix “could’ve picked a better time” and suggested that the company was seizing on the tragedy to increase viewing figures.
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A British billionaire, father and son and renowned diver: Who was on the Titanic submarine?
The pilot and four passengers of the Titan submersible that vanished during a mission to explore the Titanic wreckage are believed to be dead, authorities say.
British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, UK citizens Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman Dawood, French national Paul-Henri Nargeolet and OceanGate Expeditions chief executive Stockton Rush had “sadly been lost”, the company announced.
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US Coast Guard investigating cause of Titanic sub implosion
The US Coast Guard yesterday announced it is investigating the cause of the undersea implosion of a tourist submersible that killed all five people aboard while diving to the Titanic wreck.
The announcement comes a day after Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said it was conducting its own investigation into the implosion of the Titan, which has raised questions about the unregulated nature of such expeditions.
“My primary goal is to prevent a similar occurrence by making the necessary recommendations to enhance the safety of the maritime domain worldwide,” Captain Jason Neubauer, the coast guard’s chief investigator said.
The coast guard opened what it calls a marine board investigation on Friday, Mr Neubauer said, and is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to recover evidence, including a salvage operation at the debris site on the seabed.
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Who fill foot the bill for rescue efforts?
The operator charged passengers $250,000 each to participate in the voyage.
“We cannot attribute a monetary value to Search and Rescue cases, as the Coast Guard does not associate cost with saving a life,” the agency said.
While the Coast Guard’s cost for the mission is likely to run into the millions of dollars, it is generally prohibited by federal law from collecting reimbursement related to any search or rescue service, said Stephen Koerting, a US attorney in Maine who specializes in maritime law.
But that does not resolve the larger issue of whether wealthy travelers or companies should bear responsibility to the public and governments for exposing themselves to such risk.
“This is one of the most difficult questions to attempt to find an answer for,” said Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, noting scrutiny of government-funded rescues dating back to British billionaire Richard Branson’s hot air balloon exploits in the 1990s.
“This should never be solely about government spending, or perhaps not even primarily about government spending, but you can’t help thinking about how the limited resources of rescuers can be utilized,” Sepp said.
Andrea Blanco26 June 2023 06:00
French diver helped a company excavate 5,000 artifacts from the Titanic
The French billionaire diver who died in the Titan submersible reportedly spent two decades working with a company that had the sole right to retrieve and display artifacts from the Titanic wreck site.
Paul-Henri Nargeolet, one of the five people on board the sub and the most prolific Titanic divers in history, led five expeditions for the private salvage firm RMS Titanic Inc to collect over 5,000 artifacts from the shipwreck, according to Insider.
The artifacts included anything between shaving kits and chandeliers on board the vessel.
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