In a distressing turn of events, the crew members inside the missing Titan submersible have been reportedly sealed within the vessel using at least 17 dead-bolts. The only hope of rescuing them lies in locating the submersible and finding a way to open it, as revealed in a November report by CBS News correspondent David Pogue, who had previously embarked on a journey aboard OceanGate’s Titan submersible to explore the wreckage of the Titanic.
Titan Crew Trapped
At present, the submersible is unaccounted for, with a crew of five individuals on board. Pogue, in his November report, explained that the crew secures the hatch from the outside using 17 bolts, leaving no alternative exit. According to Pogue’s assessment, the pod supposedly possesses at least seven functions that could assist in resurfacing. However, no provisions exist to address the scenario of the submersible becoming trapped underwater or the possibility of water leakage into the compartment.
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Speaking to the BBC on Monday, Pogue emphasized the absence of backup mechanisms or escape pods, stating, “It’s get to the surface or die.” He expressed reservations about boarding the submersible back in November, noting that the equipment appeared improvised and comprised off-the-shelf components. Notably, the submersible is steered using an Xbox game controller, and certain ballast consists of abandoned construction pipes, as Pogue informed the BBC.
The Titan submersible vanished approximately one hour and 45 minutes into its dive to the Titanic wreckage, as reported by the US Coast Guard. Presently, the Coast Guard is engaged in a search operation to locate the craft, which is believed to carry roughly four days’ worth of emergency oxygen for its crew of five.
However, time is of the essence, as the crew members inside the Titan might exhaust their oxygen supply by Thursday afternoon ET, setting the stage for a race against time to rescue them from a potentially dire situation.