OceanGate Expeditions, the company responsible for the ill-fated submersible that suffered a catastrophic implosion in the Atlantic Ocean, continues to promote expeditions to explore the remains of the Titanic on its official website.
Recent reports revealed that OceanGate Expeditions temporarily suspended operations following a tragic incident involving company CEO Stockton Rush, British billionaire Hamish Harding, French diving expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son, Suleman.
The unfortunate event occurred when the company’s Titan submarine unexpectedly imploded during a tour of the famous Titanic wreck.
Despite the tragic incident that occurred over ten days ago and the confirmation of the incident a week ago, the OceanGate website continues to list available dates for two separate eight-day expeditions to the Titanic wreck scheduled for next year.
Each dive includes a pilot, a “content expert” and three mission specialists (passengers with no prior experience) who pay $250,000 for the opportunity.
In addition to Titanic tours, OceanGate offered trips to the Azores archipelago in Portugal and the Bahamas.
Expeditions to the Titanic generally originated in Newfoundland, Canada, where a ship left St. John’s Harbor for a 400 nautical mile voyage to the wreck site. Last week’s ill-fated expedition was in its third day when the Titan submersible was deployed at sea.
Unfortunately, it lost contact with its mother ship just an hour and 45 minutes after its descent.
OceanGate’s future is now uncertain, as industry insiders have told the New York Post that all planned expeditions to the Titanic have been cancelled.
The Explorers Club has stated that it is not aware of any scientific exploration voyages yet scheduled for the wreck of the Titanic, which lies 12,500 feet below the ocean’s surface. Commercial expeditions have also reportedly been suspended.
The company had previously faced criticism over a job posting seeking a submersible pilot, which was later removed.
The post remained visible for four days while they searched for the missing passengers. It was finally removed on June 23, a day after the US Coast Guard announced the discovery of Titanic debris, located 1,600 feet off the Titanic’s bow.
Large sections of the Titan’s debris was transported to the port of St. John by the ship Horizon Arctic and was observed being unloaded by a crane. Shortly thereafter, the Coast Guard announced that medical professionals would analyze suspected human remains in the wreckage.
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