Selfie footage posted on TikTok shows the moment the OceanGate Expeditions submersible embarks on its doomed journey to the Titanic wreck.
Abby Jackson, a 22-year-old videographer employed by the company aboard the mothership Polar Prince, shared the short video before the ship disappeared.
The post is captioned ‘Watching a submarine go under the Titanic’ from the ship’s deck a short distance away to show the Titan on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Miss Jackson also filmed one of the sub’s passengers, Paul Henri Nargiolet, who became known as ‘Mr Titanic’ for visiting the wreck 37 times. The 77-year-old is seen sitting next to an inflatable boat, waving at the camera and smiling.
Miss Jackson has since shared her thoughts about the missing sub on Instagram, where she thanked well-wishers for their concern and asked for prayers for the five missing at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Abi Jackson, a 22-year-old videographer on the mothership, Polar Prince, shared a video of the Titan (seen here to the left of her camera) moments before it went underwater.
Miss Jackson filmed one of the sub’s passengers, Paul Henri Nargiolet – nicknamed Mr Titanic – moments before he boarded the missing ship.
Also on board were British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, 58, UK-based businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, and Oceangate CEO Stockton Rush.
At 9.45am – one hour and 45 minutes into the sinking – it lost contact with its mothership, the Polar Prince.
But the US Coast Guard was not reported missing until eight hours later at 5.40pm. Canada’s coast guard wasn’t even alerted until later – 9.13pm on Sunday.
Now, experts say the crew — who were estimated to have about 40 hours of oxygen left on Tuesday — have only a one percent chance of survival.
‘If I were to advise the prime minister, I would say their chances are one per cent,’ Lt David Marquette, a former US Navy nuclear submarine commander, told Newstimesuk.com.
Last year, Titan lost contact with the mothership for two hours during a similar dive. It resurfaced, and the accident was hilariously documented by a CBS reporter who was on board at the time.
The Titan sub was shown Sunday morning, seconds before it sank around 8 a.m. with five people on board
The Polar Prince is an expedition ship being used to sink. It did not alert the coastguard until 5.40pm
Timeline of events: Titan loses contact with the surface causing panic. All times given are in BST, five hours ahead of EST
Five vessels located in the search area
There are currently five ships in the search area over the Titanic wreck, according to marine tracking data.
Four other ships listed by the US Coast Guard are traveling in the area, Sky reported.
The ships currently in the wreck are Polar Prince, Deep Energy, Atlantic Marlin, Scandi Vinland and CGS Cabot.
Canadian CGS Anne Harvey, Canadian CGS Terry Fox, motor vessel Horizon Arctic and French research vessel L’Atalante are described as ‘en route’.
The company has yet to explain why it took so long to alert the Coast Guard when the Titan lost contact on Sunday.
In a statement on Tuesday, it said: ‘For some time, we have been unable to establish contact with one of our underwater exploration vehicles which is currently inspecting the wreck of the Titanic.
‘Our entire focus is on the well-being of the crew and every possible step is being taken to safely return the five crew members.
‘We are deeply grateful for the urgent and extensive assistance we are receiving from multiple government agencies and deep-sea companies to re-establish communications with the submarine.
‘We pray for the safe return of the crew and passengers and we will provide updates as they become available.’
‘We haven’t found them yet. If we do, I will raise it to 15 percent.
‘It’s dark – I don’t want to say it but I’m trying to be realistic.
‘Miracles do happen [like the Thai boys who were lost in a cave in 2015] But this is a different situation.
‘It’s a desperate race against time.’
Paul Henri Nargiolet – known as Mr Titanic – (left) is believed to be taking part in the expedition along with Oceangate expedition CEO Stockton Rush (right)
Among those taking part in the campaign is billionaire Hamish Harding (pictured), CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai. She excitedly posted on social media about being there on Sunday
Sulaiman Daoud, 19, who went missing in the submarine, is pictured with his mother Christine
Shahzada Dawood, 48, (pictured with his wife Christine) is a board member of the UK-based Prince’s Trust charity, and his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, is among the five who went missing after visiting the submarine wreckage. Titanic, it was released today
He likens it to trying to find a ‘minivan’ in a huge shipwreck.
‘The problem, it’s probably down at the moment because it hasn’t been found on the surface and it doesn’t seem to be making any noise so it leads me to a pessimistic thought process that they’re unable to turn. on the hull
‘We were then talking about trying to find a minivan in the wreckage of the Titanic.
‘Once they find it, though, we have to get it to the surface which means freeing it if it’s somehow inside the Titanic.
‘Or perhaps, they have lost power [to surface]So we have to lift them which requires a ship with a 2.5 mile-long cable.
‘The hardest part is getting the hook on it. It’s like that arcade game you can’t see, so black out the walls and make it 2.5 miles long – and there’s wind so it blows around.
‘All is not lost because they still have oxygen but… imagine the sub is far away from the moon – that’s a good representation.
‘Even if you find it, how do you get it back? They cannot open from the inside – they are blocked from the outside.’
Marquette lamented that there are few — if any — vessels with the ability to dive to 12,500 feet to rescue them.
‘The US and the Royal Navy have a long history of operating submarines and they don’t go as deep as these guys. They are in unknown territory. If our subs go that deep, everyone will die.
‘The sub will burst – there will be a crack in the hull, or a pipe will burst, it will fill the bottom with a sinkhole. And pressure… everyone will die.’
‘At this pressure – it’s 400 times the pressure at sea level. That is difficult to conceive
‘It will take all the air in a room and it will collapse into the shape of a trash can. At this pressure, if it leaks, they’ll be dead before they know it.’
A desperate search is underway for a 22-foot deep-sea ship (shown in this graphic) that has gone missing with five men aboard as it dove toward the wreck of the Titanic, now in claustrophobically isolated conditions from Earth.
US Navy contractor and veteran Aaron Amick echoed his concerns.
‘I know everyone is waiting for the US Navy to save the day, but our rescue subs are limited to a depth of 2,000 feet.
‘There is no one approaching the Titan who can rescue the Titan. His only hope is to find a way to surface on his own where we can help,’ he said.
Amick compared the Titan to a ‘tomb’ falling into the water without any emergency air breathing apparatus.
‘They basically locked 5 people in a tomb and threw them down. The crew never had a chance,’ he said, adding that the occupants could only get out if they were on the surface.
He said he imagined the sub was ‘sitting down’, out of reach.
‘Loss of power or structural failure are my two best guesses. Both? Sit down anyway,’ he said.
Rear Admiral John Mager, who is coordinating the search, said Tuesday that crews were working ‘around the clock’ to locate it.
‘This is a complex case and the Coast Guard does not have all the resources to be able to effect this type of rescue, even though it is an area within our search area,’ he said during an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning. .
Oceangate is in charge of underwater searches, he said.
The agency did not specify when the vessel went missing or when it was reported to the Coast Guard.
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