It exploded from within.. The US Coast Guard announces the death of the passengers of the missing submarine "Titan"
A US Coast Guard commander announced that the five people on board the missing submarine "Titan" had died as a result of a "catastrophic" explosion in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, as the submarine was on a trip to see the wreckage of the Titanic.
Admiral John Mauger, commander of the US Coast Guard, told a news conference that the wreckage found hours earlier indicated "a catastrophic implosion of the submarine".
For its part, OceanGate Expeditions, the operator of the submarine, mourned the five men on board, describing them as "true explorers," and said, "Our hearts go out to these five souls and every member of their families at this difficult time."
The submarine "Titan" was on a trip to see the wreck of the Titanic.
Hours ago, the US Coast Guard announced that wreckage had been found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near the Titanic, in the midst of efforts to search for the missing tourist submarine.
The Coast Guard said the wreckage was discovered within the search area by a remotely operated underwater robot, and is being assessed.
He also explained that a robot sent by a Canadian ship reached the bottom of the sea, while a French research institute said that a deep diving robot equipped with cameras, lights and arms joined the process.
Searches were carried out by ships and planes in the area where, 100 years ago, the wreckage of the Titanic lay, hoping to find the tourist submarine, which is the size of a small van.
The submarine "Titan" - operated by the company "Ocean Gate Expeditions" in the United States - began diving to the depths at 12:00 GMT on Sunday.
In a remote corner of the North Atlantic, the mini-submarine lost contact with a support vessel on the surface near the end of what should have been just a two-hour dive to the world's most famous shipwreck site.
The company said that the submarine moved with enough air for 96 hours (4 days), which means that the oxygen tanks will most likely run out at 12 GMT today, Thursday.
Experts said how long the air actually lasts depends on various factors such as whether the submarine is still intact and how quiet the occupants are.
Coast Guard officials said underwater noises were detected in the search area on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Source: Al-Jazeera + agencies