A 22-foot submersible sank near the wreckage of the Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, killing all five people on board.
The submersible, called the Titan, was on a mission to survey the wreckage of the Titanic when it sank. The Titanic sank in 1912 after striking an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people.
The five men who were killed were:
- Stockton Rush, 62, the founder and CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, who was piloting the submersible.
- Chris Jewell, 60, a research pilot and engineer.
- John David Lipscomb, 33, a research technician.
- Paul Andrew Bennett, 36, a subsea operations engineer.
- Tristan Smith, 18, a high school student who was participating in the expedition as part of a scholarship program.
The U.S. Coast Guard said that the search for the men was called off on Thursday after debris from the submersible was found on the ocean floor. The cause of the sinking is still under investigation.
OceanGate Expeditions said in a statement that the Titan was “a state-of-the-art submersible” that had been “extensively tested and certified.” The company said that it is “deeply saddened” by the loss of the men and that it is “committed to understanding what happened.”
The sinking of the Titan is a tragic reminder of the dangers of deep-sea exploration. However, it is also a testament to the bravery and dedication of the men who lost their lives. They were pioneers in the field of underwater exploration, and their work will continue to inspire others for years to come.
The families of the men who were killed have asked for privacy during this difficult time.
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