With the oxygen levels dropping per second, the rescue of The Titan Submersible was undoubtedly a race against time.
The Titan Submersible, according to OceanGate, is "a Cyclops-class manned submersible designed to take five people to depths of 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) for site survey and inspection, research and data collection, film and media production, and deep sea testing of hardware and software."As reported by The New York Times, the Titan can keep its crew alive for about 4 days. The Titan submersible was created to visit the legendary Titanic, which was claimed to be unsinkable.
The world has been concerned since the Titan went missing on Sunday morning after losing contact with its surface vehicle, less than two hours into the dive, anxiously wanting the submersible to be discovered and the occupants to be rescued, with just 96 hours of oxygen in the Titan.
Aboard the Titan were, Stockton Rush, CEO and founder of OceanGate Expeditions, British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, renowned French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood with his 19-year-old son Suleman Dawood.
Since communication was lost, individuals around the world believe that the deadly concoction of a lack of oxygen, the weather, the strong sea currents, the freezing water conditions, and the darkness of the sea, were all factors that delayed the rescue of the passengers - who were at almost a thousand kilometres from the coast.
Minutes before the news conference on Thursday, 22 June 2023, OceanGate issued a statement saying, "We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet have sadly been lost."
There are three plausible explanations for their death. The first is oxygen deprivation. According to The Washington Post, the vessel's oxygen supply was projected to run out by Thursday. If the passengers on the missing submersible died of oxygen deprivation, they would have neurological impacts such as decreased judgment and motor coordination issues. They would eventually lose consciousness and die without even sensing it.
The second explanation would be increased carbon dioxide levels. The buildup of that chemical would be fatal if the submersible's carbon dioxide scrubber lost power and were unable to absorb the gas, according to Juan Rojas, a pulmonologist at Rush University System for Health. It's impossible to say when the Titan's five passengers would have lost their ability to breathe.
The third reason, according to the Coast Guard, is that the submersible suffered a catastrophic loss of pressure, imploding the vessel and killing all five passengers. When pressure builds up inside a contained space, it pushes outward as an explosion, as stated by https://en.as.com/ Imagine this: blowing up a balloon to the point where the material can no longer withstand the force -that is likely what the passengers faced.
It has been verified that the missing Titan succumbed to the severe pressures at the depth where the most renowned shipwreck on the Atlantic Ocean seabed remains. The actual depth of the "catastrophic implosion" has yet to be determined.
A controversial fact is that even though the vessel was designed by NASA and the University of Washington, and was made of carbon fiber and titanium, it was never certified by a recognized third-party organization through a typical evaluation.
OceanGate Expeditions furthermore said in their statement, "This is a very sad time for the entire explorer community and for each of the family members of those lost at sea. We humbly request that these families' privacy be respected during this difficult time."
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