Titanic tourist sub photos show wreckage being brought ashore

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Parts of the tourist submersible that imploded on a deep dive to the Titanic, killing five people, have been seen for the first time since the incident.

Metal wreckage from the Titan sub was unloaded from the Horizon Arctic ship in St John’s, Canada, on Wednesday.

Photographs showed metal pieces from the sub covered in tarps before cranes lifted them on to trucks.

US Coast Guard officials have said the submersible’s landing frame and a rear cover were found among the debris.

All five people on board the vessel died on 18 June after it imploded about 90 minutes into a dive to view the famous 1912 shipwreck, which sits at a depth of 3,800m (12,500ft) in the north Atlantic.

The submersible’s construction included two titanium end caps and a carbon fibre cylinder between them.

Parts of what appear to be the sub's fuselage are loaded onto trucks in St John's
The bits of debris were carefully loaded onto trucks by workers in the port of St John’s
The porthole of the Titan sub appears to be among the wreckage brought ashore
One of the titanium end caps appeared to be among the debris brought ashore
Debris from the Titan submersible, recovered from the ocean floor near the wreck of the Titanic, is unloaded
One part appeared to be of the tail section of the OceanGate Titan sub that would normally be covered by the fuselage
Debris from the Titan submersible lifted by crane
A crane lifted some of the debris after they were salvaged by recovery workers
Debris from the Titan are covered in tarp
Some of the debris was covered in tarp as crews loaded parts onto trucks
Large wires from one metal part of the Titan debris can be seen
Wires from a metal part of the Titan could be seen
Debris from Titan submersible
Pieces that resembled the submersible’s landing legs were also brought ashore
Debris from Titan submersible

 

So far, five major pieces have been found below the surface in a large debris field near the bow of the Titanic, according to the last update from the US Coast Guard.

The agency has launched an investigation into the causes of the Titan disaster, which is in its initial phase.

Officials have said they will try to establish what caused the implosion, and make recommendations to prevent future tragedies.

The head of OceanGate, which organised the dive, 61-year-old Stockton Rush; British explorer Hamish Harding, 58; Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son, Suleman Dawood, 19; and French diver Paul-Henry Nargeolet, 77, all died in the incident.

OceanGate has since been criticised for its safety practices. Former employees had raised several concerns about the Titan sub, which was not subject to regulation.

In email messages seen by the BBC, Mr Rush had previously dismissed safety worries from one expert, saying he was “tired of industry players who try to use a safety argument to stop innovation”.

In a statement last week, OceanGate said it was “an extremely sad time for our employees who are exhausted and grieving deeply over this loss”.

Debris from Titan submersible

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