Timeline to find missing Titanic submarine before it runs out of oxygen in hours

Rescuers are frantically trying to rescue five people from a submersible which was diving into the depths on a tour of the wreck of the Titanic resting 2.5 miles down on the ocean floor off Canada.

British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, 58, has been confirmed as one of those on board. French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet and Stockton Rush, CEO of the the firm behind the vehicle OceanGate, are also understood to be on the craft.

The US and Canadian coastguard are desperately searching for a lost sub, named Titan, which had been taking tourists to see the wreck which was first reported missing on Monday morning at around 9.13am (EST). According to the coastguard the vessel was just 1 hour 45 minutes into an eight-hour dive when contact was lost.

What we know so far…

Around 4am Sunday June 18: The submersible, Titan, owned by the firm OceanGate begins it’s dive with five crew on board over the wreck site of the Titanic, approximately 435 miles (700km) south of St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The vessel weighs 10,432 kg (23,000 lbs) and can reach depths of up to 4000m. The Titanic lies within that depth range, at 12,500 ft below the surface.

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes later: According to the US Coast Guard contact was lost with the vessel and its support ship Polar Prince just under two hours into the dive. It’s reported the trip down to the Titanic takes around eight hours and the submarine is supposed to ping the surface with a signal every 15 minutes to keep in touch.

9.13pm on Sunday (EST) the vessel is reported missing to the US Coast Guard: The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said the vessel was reported overdue around 9.13pm on Sunday.

Monday afternoon (GMT): OceanGate confirm their submersible is the subject of a huge search operation was underway for the crew and vehicle after contact had been lost. It said: “Our entire focus is on the crew members in the submersible and their families”, adding it is “deeply thankful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to reestablish contact with the submersible.”

Five people on board: The US Coast Guard confirmed five people were on board the missing sub. With reports suggesting those trapped include British billionaire Hamish Harding. Mr Harding’s company Action Aviation shared a tweet from Sunday June 18 of the five people begining boarding of the Titan vessel at around 4am. On Instagram said the team included former French Navy commander Paul Nargeolet. It has also been reported chief executive and founder of OceanGate Expeditions, Stockton Rush, may be on board.

The search continues: The US Coast Guard is working with Canadian forces, who have deployed a C130 aircraft as well as a P8 submarine to search the area. Rear Admiral John W Mauger of the US Coast Guard said they are doing “everything” they can to find five people who went missing aboard a submersible vessel on a visit to the Titanic shipwreck. Rear Admiral Mauger said the submersible vessel has 96 hours of emergency capability, giving a window for rescuers to find the occupants alive. He said: “We anticipate that there’s somewhere between 70 to the full 96 hours at this point.”

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