Search teams looking for the submersible close to the wreck of the Titanic called in advanced deep-sea recovery machinery as there was hope that the crew of five individuals was alive and could be saved in the final remaining hours of oxygen.
A fleet of search vessels has amassed in the North Atlantic about 900 miles east of Cape Cod in Massachusetts since the ship went missing on Sunday while on a dive to survey the Titanic.
The US Coast Guard stated on Wednesday that the Navy is preparing to send a lifting system to that area, which boasts the capacity to recover heavy and large sunken objects like small boats or aircraft from deep water.
In Full: US Coast Guard update on the search for missing Titanic submersible. Source: The Telegraph/YouTube.
The Titan weighs 20,000 lbs, and the US Navy’s Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System is specifically designed for lifting to three times the weight.
This move was made after rescuers searching for the submersible had been scouring the zone where the aircraft detected some noises. It is, however, unclear what the sounds detected over two days were, as mentioned by Captain Jamie Frederick, who is associated with the US Coast Guard.
References: The Telegraph, Microsoft Start
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