US Navy ‘heard sounds of implosion’ shortly after Titan submarine lost contact | US News

Undated handout photo from OceanGate Expeditions of their submersible called Titan visiting the Titanic wreck site. Rescue teams continue the search for the tourist submersible that went missing during a trip to the Titanic shipwreck. British billionaire Hamish Harding was among the five people on board. Issue date: Wednesday June 21, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SEA Titanic. Photo credit should read: OceanGate Expeditions/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to provide a timely representation of events, things or people depicted in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo's caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

The loss of the OceanGate ship was confirmed last night (Image: PA)

The U.S. Navy is believed to have picked up sounds “indicative of implosion” shortly after losing contact with the Titan submarine.

The loss of the OceanGate ship was confirmed last night after debris was found on the bottom of the Atlantic near the Titanic wreck.

Five people were inside the submersible when it disappeared during a dive to the Titanic wreck on Sunday.

A secret acoustic surveillance system designed to detect submarines heard the blast, the Associated Press reported.

However, because the sound was “inconclusive,” the US Coast Guard continued their search to locate the missing vessel.

An anonymous senior U.S. Navy official said: “The U.S. Navy conducted an analysis of acoustic data and identified an anomaly attributable to an implosion or explosion in the general vicinity of the Titan submersible operating site when the communications was interrupted.”

“While this information is not definitive, it was immediately shared with the operations commander to assist in the ongoing search and rescue mission.”

Mandatory Photo Credit: Photo by EyePress News/Shutterstock (13979464l) File photo of the submersible Titan, operated by OceanGate Expeditions to explore the wreckage of the sunken SS Titanic. Rescuers scoured thousands of square miles in the remote North Atlantic for a fourth day on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, racing against time to find a missing submersible after it disappeared from \'s shore. The 21-foot Titan has the capacity to stay underwater for 96 hours, according to specifications. This gives the five people on board until Thursday morning (June 22) before the air runs out. A pilot and four passengers were inside the submersible early Sunday (June 18) when it lost communications with a surface vessel about an hour and 45 minutes into the dive. (OceanGate Expeditions/Handout via EYEPRESS) Image of missing Titan submarine, Atlantic Ocean - June 22, 2023

The Titan submarine was owned and operated by the company OceanGate (Image: EyePress News / Shutterstock)

Corrects the spelling of the name in HENRI instead of HENRY. This photo combo shows, from left: Shahzada Dawood, Suleman Dawood, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Stockton Rush and Hamish Harding are in grave danger aboard a small submersible that has disappeared in the Atlantic. The missing submersible Titan imploded near the Titanic wreck, killing all five people on board, the US Coast Guard said Thursday, June 22, 2023. (AP Photo/File)

From left: Shahzada Dawood, Suleman Dawood, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Stockton Rush and Hamish Harding all died in the shipboard implosion (Image: AP)

Titanic director and diving expert James Cameron told BBC News this morning that he predicted the outcome of what happened to the ship and compared it to what happened to the ill-fated ship.

“I felt in my bones what happened,” he said.

“If the submarine’s electronics fail, its communications system fails, and its tracking transponder fails at the same time – then the submarine is gone.”

“I knew the submarine was just below its last known depth and position. That’s where they found it.

‘[It] It felt like a drawn out and nightmarish farce with people running around talking about pops, oxygen and all that other stuff.

“I immediately got on the phone with some of my contacts in the deep submersible community. Within about an hour I had the following facts. They were on the way down. They were at 12,000 feet and heading for the bottom at 12,000 feet.

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Five pieces of debris were uncovered in yesterday’s search (Image: Daily Mail)

“We now have another misfortune, unfortunately based on the same principles of ignoring warnings.”

US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Mauger told a news conference yesterday that five pieces of debris were found about 1,600 feet (487 m) from the bow of the Titanic, which sank in 1912 and killed about 1,500 people.

The implosion fatalities include businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman Dawood, French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, OceanGate US CEO Stockton Rush and aerospace company owner Hamish Harding.

OceanGate said in a statement, “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.”

“These men were true explorers who shared a strong spirit of adventure and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans.”

“Our hearts go out to these five souls and each member of their families at this tragic time.” We mourn the loss of life and the joy they brought to all who knew them.

“This is an extremely sad time for our dedicated employees who are exhausted and deeply saddened by this loss.”

“The entire OceanGate family is deeply grateful to the countless men and women from numerous organizations in the international community who have contributed extensive resources and worked so hard on this mission.”

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