June 20, 2023
The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed to Fox News that they were currently searching for a lost submersible. Tourists can charter the small craft for visits to the infamous ship through OceanGate Expeditions, which recently announced new mission crews for a North Atlantic trip on social media.
The Coast Guard says there are five people on board, comprising one crew member and four “mission specialists.” They are currently conducting an air search for the vehicle, as it is designed to surface automatically if there are technical issues.
OceanGate announced on Twitter earlier in June that it was relying on Elon Musk’s Starlink—a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites that provide Internet and communications connections— during the expedition. It is not clear whether communications played any role in the submersible going missing.
OceanGate charges tourists $250,000 for a spot on its expeditions to the Titanic wreckage. The company has yet to comment on the disappearance, and it could not immediately be contacted due to a surge of Internet traffic crashing the company’s website on Monday.
The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.
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