The remotely operated vehicle Odysseus 6K arrived at the site of the Titanic wreck 90 minutes after launch, but hopes of rescue didn’t last long.
Friday, June 30, 2023 at 18:55, United Kingdom
The leader of the team that discovered the wreckage of the Titan submersible was emotional as he described how the rescue effort turned into a recovery operation.
Deep Sea Research Services laid out a timeline for responding to an emergency on Titan in a press conference tonight.
“Our attention is always on the crew of the Titan,” Ed Cassano, the company’s chief executive, told the media as he described its efforts to find the submersible.
“Simply put, we’re focused on rescue,” he added.
However, Mr Cassano explained that when Pelagic’s deep-water ROV Odysseus 6K arrived at the site of the Titanic wreck 90 minutes after launch, hopes of rescue did not last long.
“Shortly after reaching the bottom of the sea, we found the wreckage of the Titan submersible … By 12 o’clock, the rescue turned into a recovery,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, Cassano apologized, fighting back tears, and said the team was dealing with “a lot of emotions.”
He asked everyone to recognize the “seriousness of the incident” and “respect the emotional range of the participants.” Mr Cassano said his team, as part of the fleet, was a “major asset” in “carrying out the rescue”.
“Our rescue plan was – as soon as Titan was located – to capture her as quickly as possible and begin her recovery,” he said.
Clearly overwhelmed by the tragedy, he added: “It’s crazy…”
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The U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday, presumed human remains The wreckage of the spaceship has been recovered after being brought ashore.
The nature and extent of possible remains recovered from the scene were not specified.
Five men aboard OceanGate sub die in accident titanThe ship is believed to have been en route to the wreck of the Titanic when it imploded catastrophically.
The 21-foot-long vessel is believed to have imploded as it descended on June 18, with the wreckage lying about 12,500 feet underwater, about 1,600 feet from the Titanic, on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
British father and 19-year-old son Shahzada and Suleiman Daoud Killed on board along with British billionaire Hamish Harding.
Two others on board, OceanGate Expeditions CEO Stockton Rush and French co-pilot Paul-Henri Nargeolet, also died.
The Titan’s implosion has raised questions about the safety of private subsea exploration operations.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police previously said they were investigating the five deaths.
Meanwhile, safety investigators from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigated Titan’s main support ship, the Polar Prince, after it docked in Port St. John’s on Saturday.
On the 18th, two hours after the Titan fell with the Polar Prince, after 1 hour and 45 minutes, the Titan lost contact with the wreckage, and a large-scale search and rescue operation was launched, involving watercraft, aircraft and underwater. Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). June.
The ship was reported missing eight hours after losing contact.
The rescue mission ended five days later when debris was found some 487m from the wreck of the Titanic.