The search for the missing Titanic submarine took a critical turn on Thursday as a remotely operated vehicle found debris on the Atlantic floor where rescuers were trying to locate the OceanGate Titan submarine with five passengers on board.
The news came after a French vessel joined the search and deployed its ROV to the ocean floor.
“A debris field was discovered in the search area by an ROV near the Titanic,” the US Coast Guard said. announcement on Twitter. “Experts within the Unified Command are evaluating the information.”
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It was feared that the submersible’s 96-hour supply of breathable air could be exhausted Thursday morning. Although the authorities still held out hope of saving the five passengers from the submarine.
When the Titan submersible lifted off on Sunday morning June 18, it was outfitted with an estimated four days’ supply of air before disappearing off the coast of Canada.
According to Associated pressauthorities are relying on underwater sounds in their search, hoping to pinpoint the location of the missing submersible.
Efforts to locate the Titan’s location have focused on an area where Canadian planes have detected “clacking noises”, a promising lead experts say.
Submarine crews often rely on hull knocking as a means of communication when they are unable to establish contact with the surface.
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