Stephen: Search for missing Titan submersible remains a search and rescue case: US Coast Guard
Written by Stephen Lethbridge on June 21, 2023
In an update on the ongoing search for the missing Titan submersible, Capt. Jamie Frederick from the United States Coast Guard announced the search area is now twice the size of Connecticut and 2.5 miles below the ocean’s surface. He elaborated on the extensive lengths the operation has gone to, with continuous air and surface assets and ROV capabilities. Five surface assets are currently searching, including ongoing P3 and C130 flights.
Capt. Frederick also reported that more sub-surface noises were reported today by P3 patrols. ROV operations were relocated and continue to search the area where the noises were reported with no concrete results as of yet. It was re-emphasized that the operation remains a search and rescue mission, with various factors, including oxygen supply, being taken into account.
Yesterday, knocking noises were reported from somewhere in the search area but the source of the noises was not discovered. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel John Cabot was dispatched, with deep sonar capabilities on board to aid in the search. Earlier on Wednesday, an Atlas 747 arrived at St. John’s International Airport to drop off more search and rescue supplies.
UPDATE 4pm June 21, 2023: Horizon Maritime held a media availability Wednesday afternoon, in which they announced the Horizon Arctic is joining their Polar Prince in aiding the search and rescue efforts. The Polar Prince remains at the Titanic site, aiding in search efforts, and the Horizon Arctic is considered one of the most powerful rescue vessels in the world.