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The Titan Submersible missing in the Atlantic Ocean

photo from the OceanGate website

A Titanic tour submarine lost contact with the commander’s vessel as only limited hours of air remain, according to Specs, on the OceanGate website. Five people were on board and the expeditions cost up to $250,000 per person for sightseeing the Titanic wreckage nearly 12,500 feet below in the freezing cold water temperature of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The rescue missions are ongoing right now but the exact location is unknown. The Titan is 22 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 8 feet high. The vessel is made of carbon fiber with titanium and has 96 hours of life support, according to the OceanGate website.

According to NPR, The 21-foot vessel, which is named Titan, lost communication with its control center on Sunday morning, roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes into its scheduled dive, the U.S. Coast Guard wrote on Twitter.

Titan had been deployed by a Canadian expedition ship, the Polar Prince, about 435 miles (380 nautical miles) south of St. John’s in Newfoundland, not far from the site of the iconic shipwreck on April 15, 1912, iceberg-crash disaster that led to the death of 1,500 passengers and crew, out of 2,200 passengers that were onboard in total. The Titanic vessel is slowly succumbing to a metal-eating bacteria and will be completely gone soon. The search for the Titan continues as the window for survival narrows.

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