Coast Guard recovers debris, possible human remains from sub that imploded during Titanic trip
cleveland.com October 11, 2023
WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has recovered the remaining debris and possible human remains from a submersible that imploded in June during an attempt to visit the wreckage site of the Titanic, killing five people.
The debris of the Titan was recovered from the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 4 by marine safety engineers with the Coast Guard’s Marine Board, the Coast Guard says in a news release. It says the presumed human remains were found among the debris and will be analyzed by medical professionals.
“The MBI will continue evidence analysis and witness interviews ahead of a public hearing regarding this tragedy,” the news release says.
The Titan submersible, operated by OceanGate Expeditions, was carrying five people to the site of the Titanic on June 18 when it disappeared. Rescuers rushed ships, planes and other equipment to the site in hopes of possibly rescuing the passengers.
On June 22, a debris field was found near the Titanic site and it was determined the submersible had imploded.
OceanGate CEO and pilot Stockton Rush; two members of a prominent Pakistani family, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood; British adventurer Hamish Harding; and Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet died in the implosion.
Questions about the submersible’s safety were raised by former passengers. OceanGate has since gone out of business.
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