News of OceanGate Expedition’s missing submarine exploded on Monday as the U.S. and Canadian coast guards sprang into action with search and rescue missions.
Here is a timeline showing how OceanGate’s Titan submarine disappeared during its dive to the Titanic wreckage.
JUNE 17: U.K. billionaire Hamish Harding, one of the tourists aboard the missing sub, posts to Facebook one day before the sub is set to begin its descent.
“Due to the worst winter in Newfoundland in 40 years, this mission is likely to be the first and only manned mission to the Titanic in 2023,” Harding wrote “A weather window has just opened up and we are going to attempt a dive tomorrow. 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.”
“All that we know so far is that contact was lost with their submersible craft,” Engro wrote at the time. “There is limited information available beyond this that we know, and we humbly request that speculation and theorization is avoided.”
Meanwhile, rescue efforts are ongoing as the U.S. Coast Guard reaches out to both the U.S. Navy and the private sector for assistance. The area is now occupied by a commercial pipe-laying vessel. Rescuers hope it will allow them to search depths of up to 3,800 meters after an unsuccessful night.
JUNE 20, 1 p.m. ET: The U.S. Coast Guard will offer an update on the latest rescue efforts.
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