There’s an emerging twist developing in the disaster that is unfolding at the site of the Titanic.
A deep-sea vessel, carrying five individuals, including the adventurous British billionaire Hamish Harding, has gone missing near the infamous Titanic wreck. It’s a race against time as rescue teams scramble to save those onboard. Let’s dig in!
The US Coast Guard recently confirmed the detection of large banging noises in the search area, raising hopes that the passengers may still be alive and desperately trying to be detected. However, initial attempts to locate the vessel using underwater equipment have thus far yielded negative results. This turn of events has left the rescue teams determined yet cautious as they navigate the challenges of the treacherous depths.
With the vessel resting at a staggering depth of 12,500 feet—equivalent to nearly two-and-a-half miles—below the surface, the situation becomes even more precarious. Only two vessels on our entire planet possess the capability to undertake a rescue operation at such depths. The clock is ticking as time-sensitive factors come into play.
Onboard the vessel, in addition to Hamish Harding, we have Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman, OceanGate’s chief executive and founder Stockton Rush, and French submersible pilot Paul-Henry Nargeolet. These individuals find themselves trapped in an underwater labyrinth, their fate hanging in the balance. It’s a nerve-wracking situation that has their loved ones, like Hamish Harding’s close friend Jannicke Mikkelsen, anxiously pleading for good news.
Jannicke Mikkelsen shared her heartfelt concerns, stating, “I’m nervous. I’m sick to my stomach with nerves. I’m terrified, I’m anxious. I’m not sleeping at the moment. I’m just hoping for good news. Every single second, every single minute feels like hours.” The emotional toll on those connected to the missing individuals is immeasurable.
As the search efforts intensify, multiple vessels remain on standby above the surface, assisting in any way possible. Marine tracking data reveals that four more boats from the US Coast Guard, including one with medical personnel, are en route to join the mission. It’s a collective effort, combining resources and expertise, to bring this high-stakes operation to a successful resolution.
Yet, challenges loom large. Retired British Navy rear admiral Chris Parry has expressed skepticism about locating the deep-sea vessel without an emitting signal within the tight time frame. He believes it may prove to be an impossible task. The situation becomes even more complicated as reports emerge suggesting that OceanGate, the company behind the vessel, had refused to subject it to an independent inspection process.
Adding to the complexity, machinery has been flown into a Canadian airport to aid in this last-ditch rescue attempt. Every effort is being made to maximize the chances of a safe recovery, sparing no expense or expertise. Safety concerns have also played a role, with a friend of Hamish Harding stating that he withdrew from the mission due to such concerns.
Recently it has been learned that OceanGate refused to put their Titan sub through an independent inspection process and their hiring policies may have contributed to the disaster.
An interview with Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate shows their hiring policies may have played a role in the disaster.
Rush stated that most submarine/ocean exploration companies hire former submariners and that they didn’t want to hire experienced “50-year-old white guys.” He said they weren’t “inspirational” and that they could train anybody and decided to hire more inspirational employees. Bragging that the entire sub can be controlled by a video game controller.
Yes, you can train people to do a task but you can’t train experience. Especially, when you are headed to an area of the planet that might as well be another planet.
You can also bet that the interview below is going to be used in a lawsuit that basically says they purposely didn’t hire experts.
The CEO of OceanGate, which is operating the missing Titanic tourist submarine, explains that the company didn’t want to hire any experienced “50 year old white guys” because they weren’t “inspirational.” pic.twitter.com/kxXkhBn7oL
— Catch Up (@CatchUpFeed) June 21, 2023