The first images have emerged of the mangled OceanGate Titan submersible debris, 10 days after its implosion that caused all five passengers to die.
On Wednesday morning, massive parts of the sub were brought to shore in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The debris was recovered by Pelagic Research Services, a US-based ocean research tools and services company.
As the debris was unloaded from the Horizon Arctic ship, photographers were able to capture images of the torn-apart sub, despite apparent attempts by the workers to cover the pieces.
Upon the crew’s return, Pelagic Research Services posted a message on social media praising its team’s hard work, saying, “Bravo, and welcome back, team! You have made all of us extremely proud of the job you performed flawlessly. Stay safe as you finish up demobilization, and we’ll see you back at base ops.”
In order to find the debris, the company used remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) to search for the sub pieces about 12,500 feet underwater. On June 23, it was announced that the ROVs located the Titan’s chambers in a sea of debris.
After 10 days of hard work, the crew finally completed its off-shore operations. Pelagic Research Services will hold a press conference later in the day.
The recovered pieces of the sub will next be sent for examination as the investigation into the tragic mishap continues.
Both the US Coast Guard and Representatives for the National Transportation Safety Board and Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) have declined to comment on the submersible investigation.
“We are not able to provide any additional information at this time as the investigation is ongoing,” said Liam MacDonald, a spokesperson for the TSB.
The Titan submersible’s implosion claimed the lives of five people: OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British billionaire and explorer Hamish Harding, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his 19-year-old son Suleman.
These passengers had only been one hour and 45 minutes into their dive to visit the Titanic wreckage when the sub lost contact with the crew on the main ship, the Polar Prince. This disappearance triggered a desperate four-day search effort that involved Canadian, American, and French marine authorities and experts.