The trip to the bottom of the ocean was supposed to be a risky and expensive one, but it ended in tragedy after the OceanGate submersible carrying five passengers and crew members suddenly disappeared. The incident has been regarded as a rich man's adventure, and the crew is now trying to find the sunken vessel and rescue its occupants.
The Titan was designed to travel to the Titanic wreck at a depth of 12,500 feet. Unfortunately, it is now believed that it has gotten stuck in the wreck. The vessel's crew and passengers have no way of communicating with each other, and they are in danger of running out of air. The deadline for reaching the surface of the ocean has passed, and the submarine has not been seen since Sunday.
It could have been prevented. More journalists who have been to the wreck of the Titanic have talked about the risks involved in going there. David Pogue was a journalist who joined OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush on an expedition to the Titanic's site.
The ship is described as a Frankenstein monster by Pogue, who noted that its ballasts are made of pipes commonly found in construction sites. He also talked about the passage in the waiver that requires passengers to sign saying "death."
In his report, Pogue noted that the submarine has numerous pieces that seem to be improvised. The reporter then cut to Rush, who explained that the vessel utilizes off-the-shelf components and lights, and that it only has one button because it should have a similar design to an elevator.
TITANIC ACCIDENT. When I was at ABC News, I became the first TV correspondent in history to report from the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, 2-1/2 miles below the surface. An accident happened that almost claimed my life. Here's what happened. #Titanic… pic.twitter.com/b4t3WtaRdc
— Dr. Michael Guillen (@DrMGuillen) June 19, 2023
Despite the numerous warnings, many people still decided to go on the expedition despite the risks involved. Some of them even considered the possibility of death. Hamish Harding, a British explorer, and his group had wagered that they would not survive the trip.
It has been revealed that despite the resources being used in the search operation, the people who were on the submarine were aware of the high risks they were taking. The trip was a gamble that most of them took, and it reminded them that taking risks can be very costly.