A news report resurfaces about the company behind the missing Titanic submersible is now going viral as the search for the ship continues.
Six months ago, CBS Sunday morning aired a segment on OceanGate Expedition – the organization behind the missing submarine, which offers exclusive tours to view the wrecked Titanic’s remains for a steep $250,000.
The trips have been available since 2021, but only a limited number have taken place — and veteran CBS reporter David Pogue was among the few to experience the trip for himself.
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While Pogue emerged unscathed after the 12-hour expedition, his comments about the sub now have the internet in a frenzy.
Social media viewers, in particular, focus on Pogue’s apparent nervousness during the voyage to the Titanic, which lies 13,000 feet below the North Atlantic.
The most widely shared part of the CBS segment shows the reporter discussing the potential dangers associated with “improvised” under-design and comparing it to the 1980s TV show MacGyverabout an ingenious secret agent.
“It looks like this submersible has elements of MacGyvery jerry-rigged-ness. You put in construction pipes as ballast,” he said in an interview with OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, who is one of the passengers on the now-missing submarine.
Pogue goes on to warn that his safety waiver described the “experimental” submersible named Titan, as “not approved or certified by any regulatory body” and he said the trip “could result in physical injury, disability, emotional trauma or death”.
The Titan was carrying five passengers when it disappeared off the coast of Canada on Sunday June 18.
Underwater noises from the area where the submarine disappeared have since been detected by a Canadian surveillance vessel, authorities revealed on Wednesday (June 21).
According to Associated pressmore ships and search vessels were brought in to help locate the missing submarine.
“This is a search and rescue mission, 100 percent,” said Captain Jamie Frederick of the Coast Guard’s First District.
He added: “We are in the midst of search and rescue and will continue to put every available asset we have into an effort to find the Titan and the crew members.”
Although some experts have warned during news bulletins that the chances of recovering the submarine before those inside run out of oxygen are low.
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