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The US Coast Guard Discovers Submersible Debris Field near Titanic Wreckage, Confirms Fatal Explosion

In a tragic development, the US Coast Guard has located a debris field near the sunken remains of the Titanic, containing wreckage from the lost deep-sea submersible.

According to the Coast Guard’s northeastern district, a remotely operated vehicle discovered the debris field within the search area. Rear Admiral John Mauger, the District Commander, revealed during a press conference that the recovered debris includes the submersible’s tail cone.

Mauger further explained that the condition of the submersible’s remains is indicative of a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber, suggesting an explosion. Regrettably, the explosion would have resulted in the immediate death of all five passengers on board.

The ill-fated submersible, named OceanGate Titan, lost contact with its surface vessel, the Polar Prince, approximately one hour and 45 minutes into its dive on Sunday morning. The passengers on board during the tragic incident were OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, French mariner Paul-Henry Nargeolet, British adventurer Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his son Sulaiman Dawood.

In response to the disappearance, the Coast Guard initiated an extensive search effort covering an area of approximately 20,000 square kilometers, with assistance from the Canadian military. Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, a Canadian P-3 surveillance plane reported hearing banging sounds near the vicinity where the submersible had vanished. However, Mauger clarified that there is currently no apparent connection between these sounds and the location of the debris field.

The search for the lost submersible gained global attention and also shed light on concerns surrounding OceanGate’s operations. In a previous interview with CBS News, Rush admitted that the submersible was controlled using a generic Bluetooth video game controller, which was later found to have a poor reliability record by online researchers.

Furthermore, OceanGate’s practices and safety measures were called into question. Marine experts had long warned about the vessel’s questionable safety, and a former employee of OceanGate even filed a lawsuit against the company in 2018, alleging safety issues and negligence that could potentially lead to a catastrophic accident.

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks involved in deep-sea exploration and the importance of stringent safety protocols. The discovery of the debris field brings closure to the search operation, but the untimely demise of the passengers aboard the submersible is a devastating loss for their families and the maritime community as a whole.

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