HE five crew members aboard the missing Titanic submarine They reportedly died after the deep-sea vessel suffered a “catastrophic implosion”.
“True Scouts” Stockton Rush, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Shahzada Dawood and their 19-year-old son, Suleman, all died during the tragic incident.
What caused the implosion?
US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Mauger confirmed that the debris field encountered by the robot today was consistent with a “catastrophic implosion.”
An implosion is a process in which an object is destroyed by collapsing or being forcibly crushed in on itself.
David Mearns, a friend of two of the Titan’s passengers, believed the debris contained vital clues to the implosion.
He told Sky News: “It was a landing frame and a rear deck from the submersible.
“It means the hull hasn’t been found yet, but two very important parts of the whole system have been discovered and they wouldn’t be found unless it was fragmented.”
“Again, this is an unconventional submarine, that rear deck is the pointed end, and the landing frame is the little frame that it appears to sit on.”
Mearns also pointed out the submarine’s fishtail fairing.
He added: “If the ride is wrong and the frame is wrong, then something really bad has happened to the whole structure.
“Because we know they lost communication with it at about 3,300m…that really indicates what the worst case is, which is a catastrophic failure.”
What were the knocking noises?
On Wednesday, it was reported that sounds were heard underwater during the search for the missing Titan submarine.
At that point, it raised new hopes that the crew members may have been calling for help.
Searchers claimed they heard banging at 30-minute intervals as they searched for the vessel.
A Canadian aircraft also detected the sounds in the area where the crew disappeared.
US Coast Guard Capt. Jamie Frederick later confirmed that the deep-sea noises had been heard and were being analyzed by sonar experts to establish whether they were coming from the 22-foot craft.
Carl Hartsfield, another expert involved in the search, told reporters that it was very difficult to discern what the noises were.
He said: “We have multiple sensors in the area that take the data to the best people in the world and feed it back to the team so they can make decisions.
“They have to eliminate possible man-made sources other than the Titanic.”
However, at the June 22 press conference, Rear Admiral Mauger said there did not appear to be any connection between the underwater noises detected during the search and rescue mission and the location of the debris on the seabed.
“This was a catastrophic implosion of the vessel, which would have generated significant broadband sound down there that would have been picked up by sonar buoys,” he said.
Why was there an 8 hour delay before the alarm went off?
OceanGate Expeditions has been criticized for an eight-hour delay before alerting the US Coast Guard that it had lost contact with the Titan.
The ship submerged at 1pm UK time on Sunday about 400 miles southeast of St John’s, Newfoundland.
But after about an hour and 45 minutes of descent, he lost contact with the Polar Prince.
However, she was not reported missing to the US Coast Guard until eight hours later at 10:40 p.m.
Kathleen Cosnett, a cousin of Hamish Harding, told the Telegraph that the eight-hour delay was “too long.”
Kathleen said: “It’s very scary. It took them so long to go rescue them, it’s too long.”
“I would have thought three hours would be the bare minimum.”
OceanGate has not explained the delay.
Why was the submarine used after safety concerns were raised?
A series of crucial safety mistakes were made before the sub went missing on the voyage to view the Titanic’s wreckage on Sunday.
In a disturbing interview before the ship went missing, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, who was on board, claimed there should be “limits” to safety precautions.
He told CBS last year: “You know, at some point, security is just a waste.
“I mean, if you just want to be safe, don’t get out of bed, don’t get in your car, don’t do anything. At some point, you’re going to take some risk, and it’s really a risk-reward question.
“I think I can just as safely do this while breaking the rules.”
Why didn’t he have an emergency safety beacon?
David Pogue, a reporter for CBS Sunday Morning and a former Titan passenger, revealed that while the ship was lost last year, he questioned the company’s emergency system.
He said the surface craft did not carry a distress beacon, which is activated by boaters in emergency situations.
When activated, it alerts a global search and rescue (SAR) network designed to quickly dispatch rescuers to the ship’s exact location.
Pogue said: “This submersible doesn’t have any kind of beacon like that.
“On my expedition last summer, in fact, they were lost and there was discussion of adding such a beacon.”