A submarine has gone missing that was taking tourists to explore the Titanic shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean. The submarine was carrying five passengers, including famed British explorer and businessman Hamish Harding.

Missing submersible

OceanGate Expeditions is a private tour company that conducts deep-sea expeditions and brings people to the bottom of the ocean to view the famous shipwreck for $250,000 a seat.

The trip is typically eight days long and the dives can last up to 10 hours each. Each submarine carries about four days’ worth of oxygen.

On Sunday, 58-year-old Harding postedabout the expedition on Facebook with a picture of him on a ship in front of a “Titanic Expedition” sign.

British billionaire Hamish Harding, 58, before embarking on the deep sea journey to the Titanic shipwreck

“We started steaming from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada yesterday and are planning to start dive operations around 4am tomorrow morning. Until then we have a lot of preparations and briefings to do,” wrote Harding from the Polar Prince, the ship that took them to the dive site.

According to Harding, this would be OceanGate’s only “manned mission” to the Titanic this year due to the “worst winter in Newfoundland in 40 years.”


On Sunday morning, the submarine lost contact with the crew of the transportation ship – the Polar Prince – just one hour and 45 minutes into the dive.

OceanGate’s Titan submersible

Search-and-rescue operations were soon underway, and are currently ongoing for the missing submarine, which will run out of oxygen if not found in a timely manner.

Monday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard tweeted, “The [U.S. Coast Guard] is searching for a 21-foot submersible from the Canadian research vessel in Polar Prince.”

“The 5 person crew submerged Sunday morning, and the crew of the Polar Prince lost contact with them approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes into the vessel’s dive,” they added.

In a statement about the sub’s disappearance, OceanGate said, “Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families. We are exploring and mobilizing all options to bring the crew back safely.”

“We are deeply thankful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to re-establish contact with the submersible,” they added.

According to OceanGate’s website, the missing submersible, the Titan, is able to take a group of five – including the pilot, a “content expert,” and three guests – down more than 13,100 feet for “site survey and inspection, research and data collection, film and media production, and deep sea testing of hardware and software.”

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