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Passengers Perish On OceanGate Sub

Update Article, 06.22.23 4:00 pm

The world is waiting for any sign of positivity that the passengers on board the OceanGate sub could still be alive.

Since our earlier report about the missing OceanGate sub, there has been an update. According to The NY Times, OceanGate has released a statement that the five passengers are dead.

The Coast Guard has found wreckage and debris from the Titan submersible around 1600 feet from the Titanic shipwreck, and speculation has arisen that due to the condition of the ruin, the sub may have imploded earlier on, meaning the passengers died instantly instead of slowly suffering for days. According to most sources, no trace of the bodies have been found, and even if so, the bodies would have been severely mangled.
Original report:

A few days ago, a 22-foot recreational diving submersible (“sub”) nicknamed Titan, built by underwater expedition company OceanGate that charged $250K per ticket, was lost at sea whilst exploring the ruins of the Titanic.

There is a global effort to rescue the passengers on board, who are:

-A professional named Paul-Henri Nargeolet, the “Titanic’s Greatest Explorer” according to OceanGate.

Shahzada Dawood, vice chairman of Dawood Hercules, a Pakistan investment company.

Suleman Dawood, 19, son of Shahzada Dawood.

Hamish Harding, chairman of aircraft manufacturer Action Aviation, labeled as a British billionaire.

-The CEO of OceanGate himself, Stockton Rush, who may not live to bask in the wealth of this newest venture.

A look inside the sub.

The sub itself was a completely unsafe model according to reports, with the material being made from literal junk as confirmed by OceanGate themselves, such as rusted construction pipes and a $30 Logitech gaming controller.

Near the Titanic’s wreckage there have been banging noises, but these noises have begun to falter and all searches have turned up empty. Various experts and divers familiar with the region have refused to go down there. Harding’s stepson has even gone on record as going to a Blink-182 concert whilst this hunt has been going on to alleviate the stress.

As of writing this, they have less than a day’s worth of oxygen and are still in complete darkness, bolted shut from the outside, with increased pressure from underwater due to how far they could’ve sank from safe diving levels. According to msnbc.com, that puts the deadline to find and rescue the sub at roughly between 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT) and 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), based on information the U.S. Coast Guard and company behind the expedition have provided.

I believe that it is possible that we will eventually find the sub, but it ultimately seems unlikely they will survive due to the fact they still need to locate the sub, resurface it, then unseal it. Who knows how deep it could’ve gone, and what physical and mental torture they are enduring. Seems that all we can do now is hope that the passengers, crew, and the families can all find some sort of mental peace with the circumstance.

 

By Ezan Charo, Senior, ChiArts
Twitter: @digitalwarlock8 / Instagram: @ezancharo

 

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Written by Ezan Charo

I'm an Asian-African writer/cartoonist. Avid Tetris player, Dungeon Master, Rubik's Cube speedsolver, and massive nerd.

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