A submersible run by Oceangate has gone missing near the wreck of the Titanic. A search is currently underway, but as of this writing, there is no word whether there were tourists–or even a crew–on board the submersible when it disappeared.
It’s easy to imagine the worst: that the five person capacity submarine-type vehicle has sunk with people on board.
Oceangate’s website they say they run crewed submersibles for tourism as well as research and commercial projects, promising “Scientific Exploration and Adventure.” They also promise a “Titanic Survey Expedition” with their “next mission” set for 2023. However, the “learn more” button is a dead link–or there are currently too many people trying to access that part of the website.
UPDATE: We've since learned that some of the people rumored to be on board have been identified, including British adventurer Hamish Harding, and a press briefing promising more information has been scheduled.
Naturally, the missing sub has captivated the internet's interest, and we've been following along on social media since. Here's some of what's being said:
There is currently a search and rescue operation underway. Let’s hope that there is no injury or loss to life.