Submarine with tourists visiting Titanic wreck goes missing

Submarine with tourists visiting Titanic wreck goes missing

We were surprised to hear that people could actually go visit the wreck site. 

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What started off as an exciting adventure has turned into somewhat of a panic as a search is underway for the OpenGate submarine. 

Tour firm OpenGate sold tickets aboard their small sub for five people to visit the Titanic shipwreck. 

"Tickets cost $250,000 (£195,000) for an eight-day trip including dives to the wreck at a depth of 3,800m (12,500ft)." (BBC

That's R4,550,625. 

After contact with the sub was lost just 45 minutes after its dive, a massive search has been put into action, according to the US Coast Guard. 

"Titanic's wreck lies some 435 miles (700km) south of St John's, Newfoundland, though the rescue mission is being run from Boston, Massachusetts." (BBC)

The missing sub is said to be the size of a truck and holds five people. The sub usually dives with a "four-day emergency supply of oxygen".

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The area in which the search is taking place is said to be remote, therefore making it difficult. 

"Hamish Harding, a 58-year-old British billionaire businessman and explorer, is among those on the missing submarine, his family said. On social media at the weekend, Mr Harding said he was "proud to finally announce" that he would be aboard the mission to the wreck of the Titanic - but added that because of the "worst winter in Newfoundland in 40 years, this mission is likely to be the first and only manned mission to the Titanic in 2023"." (BBC)

What began as a chance to allow people to explore an 'extraordinary' side of life, has turned to something worth stressing about. But the teams remain positive and continue their search. 

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