A man who took part in the expedition of the Titanic wreckage in the same missing submersible has revealed the remarkably comprehensive waiver that the passengers were required to sign. Mike Reiss, producer and writer of The Simpsons, embarked on the expedition with OceanGate last year.
Emmy Award-winning writer-producer of “The Simpsons,” Mike Reiss, embarked on an extraordinary journey inside the OceanGate Expedition submersible Titan, descending 13,000 feet along with four companions to witness the historic wreckage.
In an interview with the New York Post, Mike Reiss shared a personal account of a submersible voyage to the Titanic wreck that revealed both risks and caveats.
A chilling resignation and minimal training increase concerns.
“Death is always lurking; it’s always in the back of your mind.” says Mr. Reiss, highlighting the inherent dangers of the journey. He reveals that even before boarding the ship, passengers must sign a lengthy waiver that mentions death three times on the first page.
The design of the submersible and the journey to the bottom of the ocean
Describing the submersible, Mr. Reiss likens its interior to a roomy minivan with no seats, saying it is well designed, resembling a serene spa waiting room. The sub’s simple desktop fan-type motors power it during the roughly two-and-a-half-hour descent to the ocean floor.
Mr. Reiss even finds the ride so peaceful that he falls asleep.
Challenges in locating the wreckage of the Titanic
Navigating in the dark, Mr. Reiss explains that finding the wreckage of the Titanic was a challenge. The submersible’s compass malfunctioned, leading to a 90-minute search before it “stumbled upon” the ship with only 20 minutes left to observe.
Mr. Reiss expresses his amazement at seeing the famous ship in person, noting its resemblance to the pictures.
Safety concerns and lessons learned
The resignation mentions death three times. While most of us would run without looking back, these men are thrill seekers. Adrenaline junkies. They were well aware of the risks. #Titan @BBC News @guardian pic.twitter.com/gDglEvQ2RI
—Rose (@901Lulu) June 21, 2023
Returning to the surface, a winch abruptly interrupts the submersible’s ascent, causing the vessel to list and its occupants to fall to the bottom. Mr. Reiss emphasizes feeling safe during the trip, but admits that he would not take the risk again. He draws parallels to early aviation and space exploration, acknowledging that unforeseen challenges can arise during such pioneering efforts.
Reflections on the lost submersible
Mr. Reiss expresses his deep concern for the missing submersible and its occupants, acknowledging the vastness of the ocean and the potential difficulty of salvage.
He concludes with a sad reflection, stating that if the submersible is really stuck at the bottom of the ocean, he sees no foreseeable way out, emphasizing the seriousness of the situation.
Latest Missing Titanic Sub Update:
According to Maximilian Cremer, director of the ocean technology group at the University of Hawaii Marine Center, the US Coast Guard will conduct a verification process to determine the connection between the debris field discovered in the search area and the missing Titanic submersible.
While it’s not unusual to find a debris field near the Titanic’s wreckage, Cremer said it’s essential to assess the actual nature of the debris and whether any video was captured by the search vehicle.
The US Coast Guard’s decision to share the news about the debris field may suggest that they have observed something within the debris that casts doubt on its connection to the Titanic.
However, a verification process is underway to determine its association with the missing submersible.
Regarding the submersible’s oxygen supplies, experts have stressed the importance of staying calm and conserving energy while awaiting rescue. Suppose there was some problem on board the submarine.
In that case, a brief period of excitement and panic is expected to occur before a strong leader guides the crew into a state of hibernation, conserving oxygen and minimizing power consumption.
As search and rescue efforts continue, the verification process and careful analysis of the debris field will be crucial in uncovering more information about the missing submersible and its occupants.
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