The wreckage of the Titan submarine, found in the Atlantic Ocean, has traces of damage characteristic of the "catastrophic explosion directed inside" the submarine. According to CNN, this was announced by the US Coast Guard. The department also confirmed the death of the ship's crew.
Rescuers have already found five large wrecks of the submarine. Among them is the nose cone of the Titan, located on the outer part of the vessel. Establishing the exact causes and chronology of the disaster "will take time," said Coast Guard Commander John Mauger.
OceanGate, which owned the submarine, said the crew members were killed. “Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families at this tragic time. We mourn the loss of lives and the joy they brought to everyone we knew,” the statement said.
The submarine "Titan", which disappeared while diving to the "Titanic", has been searched in the Atlantic for four days. Earlier it was reported that, according to experts, the bathyscaphe ran out of oxygen.
Five people were on board, including OceanGate Expedition CEO and founder Stockton Rush, submarine commander Paul-Henri Nargolet, and British billionaire Hamish Harding. Contact with the submersible was lost approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes after the dive. Experts have previously warned that the bathyscaphe is unsafe to operate.
Stockton Rush's wife Wendy is the great-great-granddaughter of a couple who died aboard the Titanic in 1912, The New York Times has found . Her great-grandfather Isidor Strauss and his wife Ida were first class passengers. When they crashed, they refused to board the lifeboat because there were still women and children on board. Their story was inspired by the famous scene from James Cameron's Titanic, in which an elderly couple is hugging in bed as the ship wrecks.