Here’s What We Know About the Titanic Submarine Search

The minivan-sized tourism submersible has gone missing in the Atlantic Ocean with five people aboard.

Courtesy of OceanGate
Courtesy of OceanGate
Courtesy of OceanGate

A submarine that was built to ferry tourists to the wreckage of the Titanic for $250,000 per person has gone missing. The vessel began its descent to the wreckage site, which is about 13,000 feet below the sea level, on June 18 at 9 am. The last contact with the sub, called Titan, came in at 11:47 am, according to CNN.

The submarine, which had five passengers on board, was supposed to return from its voyage at around 6 pm, but it never did. OceanGate, the company that is responsible for the submarine voyage, issued a statement about the submarine’s disappearance.

“For some time, we have been unable to establish communications with one of our submersible exploration vehicles which is currently visiting the wreck site of the Titanic. Our entire focus is on the wellbeing of the crew and every step possible is being taken to bring the five crew members back safely,” the OceanGate statement read. “We are deeply grateful for the urgent and extensive assistance we are receiving from multiple government agencies and deep-sea companies as we seek to reestablish contact with the submersible. We pray for the safe return of the crew and passengers, and we will provide updates as they are available.”

Here’s what to know about this ongoing situation.

Did they find the missing submarine?

So far the submarine has not been found or contacted since it went missing on Sunday. The Coast Guard, US Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, and a French ship with an underwater robot are all working to find the missing submarine. By June 20, there was only 40 hours left of oxygen inside the submersible.

Searches are being launched above and below the ocean’s surface.

Who was on board the missing submarine?

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British businessman Hamish Harding, Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood, his 19-year-old son Sulaiman Dawood, and French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet were onboard, according to ABC News.

Was the submarine really run using a game controller?

According to OceanGate’s own CEO, Stockton Rush, yes. In an interview that Rush did with CBS News in November 2022, Rush told the reporter: “We run the whole thing with this game controller.” According to ARS Technica, the remote was the Logitech F710 Wireless controller, which retails for $30.

What happened to the missing submarine?

Some experts fear that the submarine may have imploded after a crack developed in the hull at around 3,200 meters below the ocean’s surface.

“When you’re talking 6,000 pounds per square inch, it is a dangerous environment. More people have been to outer-space than to this depth of the ocean,” a diver named G. Harris said during a TV interview. He has previous experience diving the Titanic wreckage. “When you’re diving in these situations you have to cross your ‘T’s and dot your ‘I’s. You have to do everything absolutely perfect and by the book.”Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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