us navy detected on sunday the sound of an underwater implosion that was probably that of the Titan submersible, service officials confirmed to various US media on Thursday.
According to the Navy, the information was shared immediately with the authorities in charge of the rescue mission, who decided to continue the search to try to save the lives of the five crew members, collects The Washington Post.
The remains found on Thursday raised fears for the worst and shortly after the company responsible for the expedition to the remains of the Titanic, OceanGate, confirmed the suspicions. None of the five crew members aboard the submersible, the Titan, have managed to survive to what authorities have described as a “catastrophic implosion” following a loss of pressure, almost completely ruling out the possibility of recovering the bodies.
“Our hearts go out to these five souls and each member of their families during this tragic time. We are sorry for the loss of life and the joy they brought to everyone they knew,” OceanGate said in a statement. “This is a very sad time for the entire exploring community and for every single family member of those lost at sea.”
John Mauger, Rear Admiral and spokesman for the United States Coast Guard, confirmed in a subsequent press conference that a remote-controlled robot found the Titan’s tail cone about 480 meters from the bow of the Titanic. “The wreckage is consistent with a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber,” she stated. “The submersible likely imploded and there were no survivors. Upon this determination, we immediately notified the families on behalf of the United States Coast Guard and the entire Unified Command. I offer my deepest condolences to the families,” he said.