Titan: a lesson for the world | Sunday Observer

Titan: a lesson for the world

25 June, 2023

In a devastating turn of events, the top-secret Titan submersible, carrying five passengers on a mission to explore the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, suffered a catastrophic implosion, leading to the loss of all lives on board.

The international rescue effort, amassing the attention of the world, proved futile from the very beginning as the US Navy had detected an anomaly suggestive of an explosion or implosion shortly after the vessel lost contact with its mothership.

Upon detecting the anomaly, the US Navy immediately shared the information with the command post, although its definitive nature was unclear at the time.

It has come to light that the Coast Guard was aware of the implosion of the Titan submersible on Sunday, yet they chose to continue the search operation.

Despite receiving signals indicating the catastrophic event, the Coast Guard deemed the information inconclusive and decided to persevere with the rescue mission. The Coast Guard had detected an anomalous signal that could have indicated either an explosion or implosion in the vicinity where the submersible had lost contact with its mothership. But, due to the lack of definitive evidence, the decision was made to proceed with the search and rescue efforts in a valiant attempt.

The world anxiously awaited updates as Canadian maritime and surveillance, along with a patrol aircraft, reported picking up periodic banging noises, providing a glimmer of hope that the crew might still be alive.

Three additional ships, the John Cabot, Skandi Vinland, and Atlantic Merlin, joined the search efforts, along with a French vessel equipped with remotely operated vehicles. Rear Adm. John Mauger of the US Coast Guard emphasized the importance of considering people’s will to live during complex search and rescue missions, reflecting the collective determination to save the crew members.

As time ticked away, debris from the submersible was discovered on the ocean floor, confirming the tragic fate of Titan and its passengers. The vessel had experienced a “catastrophic implosion,” likely occurring during its descent into the dark depths of the ocean.

The wreckage was found a mere 1,600 feet away from the resting place of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, which sank in 1912.

Among the passengers aboard the ill-fated submersible were British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, renowned French Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his 19-year-old son Sulaiman. Their mission was to reach the Atlantic seabed, situated approximately 12,500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, to witness the remnants of the iconic Titanic. Although the exact depth at which the implosion occurred is uncertain, the Titanic’s remains lie on the North Atlantic seabed approximately 3,800 meters (12,400 feet) below the surface, where water pressure reaches a staggering 6,000 pounds per square inch (psi).

To put this into perspective, the average sea-level pressure stands at 14.7 psi, while the bite of a large great white shark exerts around 4,000 psi. Within milliseconds, the Titan would have collapsed upon itself, crushed by the unfathomable water pressure characteristic of the deep sea environment, triggered by a potential flaw in the hull.

According to Roderick Smith, an engineering professor at Imperial College London, the probable cause of the accident can be attributed to a “failure of the pressure hull.” But, a comprehensive investigation would require the recovery of debris to ascertain the exact circumstances.

Just minutes before the confirmation of the tragic deep-sea expedition by the US Coast Guard, OceanGate expressed profound sorrow in a heartfelt statement honoring the five individuals on board. “These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans. Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time. We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.”