OAN’s Sophia Flores
12:40 PM – Thursday, June 22, 2023
The United States Coast Guard has now confirmed that the found debris was part of the Titan, the missing submersible carrying five individuals. It was announced that there was a “catastrophic implosion” of the vessel.
During a Thursday press conference, officials stated that a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from the vessel Horizon Artic discovered the tail cone of the submersible at the tail bow of the Titanic.
The Coast Guard stated that there is indication that the submersible imploded 1,600 feet from the Titanic’s bow. They also stated that the debris found on the ocean floor was consistent with a “catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber.”
Five major pieces of debris of what remains of the Titan were found. The nosecone was the largest piece discovered. One of the two debris fields that were discovered contained the front-end bell of the pressure hole. This indicated to officials that a catastrophic event had occurred. The second smaller debris field that was found contained the aft end bell.
Officials will reportedly continue to investigate the site of the debris field.
OceanGate, the company responsible for creating and operating the missing submersible, released a statement stating that they “grieve the loss of life.”
The families of the lost passengers were notified of the news prior to the press conference.