Coast Guard says it can’t guarantee rescue of OceanGate Titanic tourist sub


The US Coast Guard has given the bleak warning that it may not be able to rescue the missing Titanic tourist sub – even if it is able to find it. 

The Titan submersible has been missing since 9.45am on Sunday morning after being launched into the Atlantic at 8am. 

OceanGate Expeditions – the company which runs the tours and is responsible for the sub – did not notify the Coast Guard until 5.40pm.  

There are five people onboard, including three wealthy tourists, and the sub’s oxygen supply is now just 40 hours, giving rescue crews until Thursday morning to find it before it runs out. 

But even if they locate the missing vessel in time, there is no certainty that it can safely be brought to surface.

At a press conference at the US Coast Guard Station in Boston – which is coordinating the search and rescue effort – First District Response Coordinator Capt. Jamie Frederick conceded on Tuesday that rescue was not guaranteed. 

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At a press conference at the US Coast Guard Station in Boston – which is coordinating the search and rescue effort – First District Response Coordinator Capt. Jamie Frederick said it was not certain the sub could be saved – even if it is found today

The company's Titan sub submerged at 8am on Sunday morning around 400 miles southeast of St John's, Newfoundland, according to the US Coast Guard. It lost contact at 9.45am but it wasn't reported to the Coast Guard until 5.40pm

The company’s Titan sub submerged at 8am on Sunday morning around 400 miles southeast of St John’s, Newfoundland, according to the US Coast Guard. It lost contact at 9.45am but it wasn’t reported to the Coast Guard until 5.40pm 

‘Even with that amount of time left, if you were to find the submersible at this moment, would that give you enough time to save those five people on board?’ he was asked. 

TIMELINE OF MISSING SUBMERSIBLE TITAN

8am Sunday: Titan submerges around 900 miles east of Cape Cod 

9.45am: Polar Prince expedition ship loses contact with the submersible

5.40pm: Coast Guard first alerted to the missing sub 

9.13pm: Canadian Coast Guard alerted 

Thursday at 8am: 96 hours of oxygen runs out  

‘I don’t know the answer to that question… all I know is we will do everything within our power to effect a rescue,’ Frederick replied.

The Coast Guard has already searched 7,600 square miles of ocean – a search area the size of Connecticut. 

At 12,500ft underwater, there are few vessels able to dive deeply enough to find it. 

The only ones able to search the ocean floor are remotely operated vehicles which are searching the ocean now.

If they find the sub, getting it to the surface is another feat entirely, requiring specialist equipment that is not yet on-site. 

Other experts likened it to requiring a 2.5mile long cable to lasso to the far side of the moon. 

There are multiple civilian ships assisting in the search, along with US Navy, Canadian Navy ships and aircraft. 

Among pieces of equipment now on the way to the site is a decompression chamber for the five passengers, should they be brought to the surface. 

‘Getting salvage equipment on-scene is a top priority,’ Frederick said. 

Shahzada Dawood, 48, (pictured with his wife Christine) a UK-based board member of the Prince's Trust charity, and his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, are amongst the five people missing in the submarine that set off to see the wreck of the Titanic, it was revealed today

Sulaiman Dawood, 19, who is missing on board the submarine is pictured with his mother Christine

Shahzada Dawood, 48, (pictured with his wife Christine) a UK-based board member of the Prince’s Trust charity, and his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, are amongst the five people missing in the submarine that set off to see the wreck of the Titanic, it was revealed today

Among those taking part in the expedition is billionaire Hamish Harding (pictured), CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai. He excitedly posted to social media about being there on Sunday

Among those taking part in the expedition is billionaire Hamish Harding (pictured), CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai. He excitedly posted to social media about being there on Sunday

French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet is  believed to be taking part in the expedition, though it's unclear if he is onboard the missing sub

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush is also believed to be onboard

French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet (left) is believed to be taking part in the expedition, along with Stockton Rush (right), CEO of the OceanGate Expedition

The search site is some 900 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, 400 miles southeast of  Newfoundland. Getting there is a difficult enough feat without finding the missing sub beneath the ocean surface

The search site is some 900 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, 400 miles southeast of  Newfoundland. Getting there is a difficult enough feat without finding the missing sub beneath the ocean surface

At 9.45am - an hour and 45 minutes into the dive - it lost contact with its mothership, the Polar Prince. But it wasn't reported as missing to the US Coast Guard until 5.40pm, eight hours later. Canada 's Coast Guard wasn't alerted until even later - 9.13pm on Sunday night.

At 9.45am – an hour and 45 minutes into the dive – it lost contact with its mothership, the Polar Prince. But it wasn’t reported as missing to the US Coast Guard until 5.40pm, eight hours later. Canada ‘s Coast Guard wasn’t alerted until even later – 9.13pm on Sunday night. 

The logistical challenge is immense; the Titanic wreck is situated some 400 miles southeast of St Johns, Newfoundland – around 900 miles east of Cape Cod. 

A Canadian Coast Guard cutter is expected to arrive at the search area this evening. 

It takes several days for Coast Guard ships to reach the site from the US. 

In addition to the underwater remote operated vehicles and Coast Guard ships, several aircraft are surveying the water for any signs of the sub on the surface. 

‘We don’t want to exhaust one possibility in place of another. We don’t want to rule out that it is on the surface. 

‘If it is on the surface we are fairly certain we will be able to find it,’ U.S. Coast Guard First District Captain Robert Simpson added.

DailyMail.com previously revealed it took OceanGate eight hours to report the submersible as missing. 

The company has not yet explained why it took so long to raise the alarm. 

The 21ft submersible has an oxygen supply of up to 96 hours

The 21ft submersible has an oxygen supply of up to 96 hours 



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