Retired Vice Admiral Robert Murrett, a Professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and Deputy Director of the Institute for Security Policy and Law, emphasized the value of the acoustic data in light of recent confirmations. However, he clarified that this data alone would not have been enough to halt the search and rescue operation, but could have aided in refining the search area.
The U.S. Coast Guard officially confirmed on Thursday that the debris field discovered earlier in the day belonged to the missing Titan submersible. Rear Admiral John Mauger of the U.S. Coast Guard informed reporters that the wreckage aligned with the characteristics of a “catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber.”
Expressing his condolences, Admiral Mauger conveyed his sympathy to the families affected by the tragic incident. The Titan submersible lost communication with its surface vessel, the Polar Prince, approximately one hour and 45 minutes into its dive on Sunday morning. The location of the incident was approximately 900 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and around 400 miles southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
Among the individuals on board the Titan were OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British adventurer Hamish Harding, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, who hail from one of Pakistan’s affluent families, and Paul-Henry Nargeolet, a renowned Titanic expert and former French navy officer.