Sub Used to Take Tourists to Titanic Goes Missing

No word on how many passengers, if any, were aboard
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2023 9:40 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2023 11:32 AM CDT
Search Underway for Missing Titanic Tourist Sub
In this April 10, 1912, file photo, the Titanic leaves Southampton, England, on her maiden voyage.   (AP Photo/File)

A search and rescue mission is underway in the Atlantic Ocean after a submersible used to explore the wreck of the Titanic was reported missing. CBS News confirmed by way of the US Coast Guard in Boston that the operation is currently happening off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. It's unclear how many people are on board, though the BBC reports the sub can hold up to five people.

OceanGate Expeditions is the sub operator. Its website, which advertises seven-night dive trips to the wreckage, lists the 2023 expedition as "currently underway." OceanGate said in a statement that "our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families. ... We are working toward the safe return of the crewmembers." It's unclear if any of those aboard are paying customers. It added that "several government agencies and deep sea companies" have been aiding it as it tries to regain contact with the sub.

The BBC reports the multiday trip costs $250,000 per person and requires a great deal of time, as each dive down and back—the Titanic sits about 12,500 feet below the surface some 370 miles off Newfoundland—takes about eight hours. The 22-foot-long submersible has "life support" of 96 hours when carrying five people. (More Titanic stories.)

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