The team leader that found the remains of the missing Titan sub broke down while talking about the rescue operation. Ed Cassano, the Pelagic Research Services’ CEO, mentioned during a press conference said his team was processing many emotions, per Sky News.
Titan lost touch with the vessel on the ocean’s surface after it started its dive toward the wreckage of the Titanic on 18 June (Sunday). All five individuals were reported dead on 22 June after the vessel experienced a “catastrophic implosion”, per the US Coast Guard.
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Those on board include the British explorer Hamish Harding, Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, the CEO of OceanGate, Stockton Rush, and the French deep-sea explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
Mr Cassano mentioned that his team was soon contacted after Titan lost touch an hour and 45 minutes since the descent started.
He said that by the time a deep-water remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dubbed the Odysseus 6K reached the wreckage site of the Titanic, hopes of rescue didn’t last long enough.
He then choked up and apologized to the media, stating that team members were processing several emotions. Me Cassano further asked everyone to recognize the criticality of the matter and respect the emotions felt by those involved.
The plan of rescue was that immediately on locating Titan; the team would latch onto her as soon as possible and start the process of recovery, the rescuer mentioned, adding that the scale of a challenge like this was quite “wild”.
The vessel is thought to have imploded shortly after its descent, and its debris was reportedly located approximately 12,500 feet below water.
Later on, the US Coast Guard recovered the presumed human remains from the debris of the crash when it was carried ashore.
References: Hindustan Times, The New York Post, NDTV
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