Underwater Noises Detected In Search For Missing Titanic Submersible

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A Canadian P-3 maritime patrol plane heard “underwater noises” in the region where search and rescue workers are seeking for the missing Titan submersible, which vanished while traveling with five personnel on board toward the Titanic’s wreckage.

“The sounds from underneath the water were heard by sonar devices deployed to find the lost 21-foot submersible. The banging sounds came every 30 minutes when first detected Tuesday and were heard again four hours later,” CNN said, quoting the memo.

According to the US Coast Guard, “Canadian P-3 aircraft detected underwater noises in the search area. As a result, ROV operations were relocated in an attempt to explore the origin of the noises. Those ROV searches have yielded negative results but continue.”

The organization added in a subsequent tweet, “Additionally, the data from the P-3 aircraft has been shared with our US Navy experts for further analysis which will be considered in future search plans.”

Both the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Boston Coast Guard declined to comment on the alleged “banging” sounds. Requests for comment from the DHS and the US Fleet Forces Command went unanswered.

Early on Wednesday, the Canadian surveillance plane looking for the missing submersible “detected underwater noises in the search area,” according to a post on Twitter from the United States Coast Guard.

The head of the travel and research organization, the Explorers Society, wrote in an email on Tuesday afternoon that “it is being reported that at 2 a.m. local time on site that sonar detected potential ‘tapping sounds’ at the location, implying crew may be alive and signaling.” A request for comment regarding the alleged tapping sounds was not immediately answered by the Boston Coast Guard, which is in charge of the rescue operations.

The group was advised to get in touch with the Society’s representatives over the use of privately manufactured remote-controlled vehicles made in the UK because two Society members were reportedly on board the Titan. In the email, it was said that “A team out of the UK named Magellan has an ROV rated for 6,000 meters which is loaded on a plane and ready and waiting to help.” However, the USCG and US Government have not yet granted them permission to take part. Questions on the depth grading of the ROVs now being used in the search operations or the suggestion to use the products of the UK company have gone unanswered by the Boston Coast Guard.

The DHS leadership received an email update on Tuesday night that said more “acoustic feedback was heard and will assist in vectoring surface assets and also indicating continued hope of survivors.” Rolling Stone was able to get a copy of the email update.

A research vessel “originally diverted to investigate” the “white rectangular object” in the water, according to the email, was “diverted to research the acoustic feedback instead.”

About 900 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, at a depth of 13,000 feet, is a search area the size of Connecticut.

The boat is run by OceanGate Expeditions, whose CEO is Stockton Rush. The other four guys are Shahzada Dawood, his son, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, British-Pakistani businessman Hamish Harding, and a diver from France named Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

A Coast Guard representative reported that the ship has 40 hours of oxygen supply remaining as of Tuesday afternoon. According to CBS News, as of early Wednesday morning, this meant that the ship will run out of oxygen at 6:00 ET on Thursday. If the vessel is still alive and well, then.

To find the lost sub, time is of the essence.


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