What might have happened to the Titanic exploration sub?

What might have happened to the Titanic exploration sub?

The search continues for a submersible that disappeared on a trip to view the wreckage of the Titanic. Five people are on board. The Coast Guard in Boston says the sub lost contact Sunday, about an hour and 45 minutes into its dive. Butch Hendrick is the president and founder of Lifeguard Systems, which conducts dive training for public safety officers. He joined CBS News to talk about the search.

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47 Responses

  1. Eric Hollaway says:

    It’s completely insane that this submersible didn’t have any sort of emergency beacon or sonar or anything. It has nothing on it. That’s absurd! One line of communication? I would have never gotten on this thing if I had that information. It blows my mind that basic safety features were completely overlooked in the design and construction of this thing.

    • lente frente says:

      Problem is that no third party was used to evaluate the thing and shown as a reference for curious billionaires. They wouldn’t have gotten down themselves then

    • Anna P says:

      I was gobsmacked watching the clip showing how there are parts on there from Home Depot and that it navigates using a modified PlayStation controller thing. I feel horrible for these people, it’s an unimaginably terrifying situation but my goodness what were they thinking?

    • xXxFroZty says:

      Also crazy, is that the 1 window on it is supposedly only rated for depths of 1,000 meters. They were going down to 4,000 meters. Supposedly an employee said that it’s a safety concern, so they fired him lmao. Safety doesn’t seem to be their forte.

    • that youtube guy says:

      @xXxFroZtythat horrible

    • Rob Cross says:

      Wonder what patents the occupants had pending 🤫

  2. HorribleHarry says:

    That guy is the real deal. The best explanation of the situation I’ve heard so far.

    • Mark Stanley says:

      right, im no expert but this is the guy I would want looking for me if I was on there! he seems to know his stuff!!

    • Gayle says:

      I agree, best news coverage I’ve seen so far. When he said he wouldn’t get on it, I was thinking, me either, even if I had billions of dollars.

    • Holly B says:

      No my Dad told us this morning, he did a better job when he gathered us round to tell us the story of th e lost Sub

    • Magic Legume says:

      Yeah but the two anchors have really stupid questions. I mean, wow. The woman basically asked how difficult can it be to search the surface of the water. And the guy seem to not have any idea about underwater currents.

    • Glamdolly30 says:

      Yes he was great – shame the two gas-bag presenters waffled on at length with their un-informed opinions, and hardly let him get a word in edge ways!

  3. Bigricky06 says:

    I just came from my first cruise from florida to Jamaica and Cayman Island. I was shocked to see how vast the ocean is during the day and how extremely dark it is at night. I respect Mother Nature, and if we have to explore our planet, we need to respect how dangerous it can be and make sure all safety and precautions are taken seriously . We can only imagine what this crew and the submersible went through or are going through at this moment. My heart and prayer go out to their families.

  4. GGP says:

    Mr Butch Henderick was an excellent guest. Knowledgeable, informed, optomistic, humble and explains complex issues in the simplest terms. Bravo sir.

    • Thomas2Thumbs says:

      Is your profile pic a pic of Uranus?

    • Frank P says:

      There is nothing to discuss – a rescue of any kind is an impossibility. The Kursk submarine a few years ago was sunk in “only” 800ft of water, this is 13,500ft – and they could be anywhere including buried under loose silty ocean bottom up to 10ft. The recovery (if they are ever found) will be very risky and probably not worth it, they are already in a suitable graveyard so just let them stay put.

    • GGP says:

      @Thomas2Thumbs it is of the planet Uranus.

  5. Lawrence lawrence says:

    As a scuba diver, 90 feet the pressure was hard. Being down that deep even in a homemade submersible is something that i would never do.

  6. Stone W says:

    I just watched a four part series from a travel vlogger named alanxmundo who went down to the Titanic in this very submersible. He had to make two attempts because the first one they had to cancel because it was too dangerous. He gives an excellent insight into all the preparations that the crews have to make. On his second attempt the following year his submersible actually lost communication with the ship for some minutes before it was restored. The driver of he submersible was actually beginning to start the process of aborting the descent and bringing it up to the surface when communications were restored and they were allowed to go on to the bottom. They actually spend a good hour touring the ship and seeing the “money shot” the prow etc before returning to the surface. In the end he makes some interesting comments about the company and the experience as a whole, and visits the cemetery in Halifax where hundreds of Titanic’s victims are buried. I recommend you watch his videos about his excursion on the Titan, this same submersible that went missing here, if you’re interested inlearning more about it. Start with Part 1 but if you just want to watch the episode where he reaches the Titanic you can skip to Part 4. Only issue is that it’s in Spanish. Not sure if it’s closed captioned in English . . . Part 1 title is “Mi expedición al TITANIC parte 1/4 | Alan por el mundo”

  7. God Loves Comics says:

    Butch Hendrick’s knowledge is impressive and authoritative. But this sounds truly grim. I just hope by some miracle these people are still alive and well and can be rescued.

  8. 476233 says:

    Butch is so kind to give them such positive words at the end. I like how the anchors did not assume stuff and did not press him for answers if he did not feel comfortable answering.

    • Homo Technium says:

      I agree, glad this is the first video on the incident that I have watched. Wouldnt need another one to dig more on the info

  9. Bill Davis says:

    That’s a great point he made about it not having releasable buoy’s/beacons. I carry an EPIRB on my boat which once activated, emits a signal that automatically contacts the Coast Guard with my exact location. I find it hard to believe that they don’t have something like that onboard. The technology is inexpensive and readily available. I bought my EPIRB for $400.

    • L says:

      That doesn’t work for a sub that goes to those depths. The pressures would probably destroy a unit like that if it was on the outside of the sub. Inside it’s useless since these people are sealed in and would never be able to put the unit outside the sub anyway.

    • Not Expat Joe says:

      For the record EPIRB’s do not send a signal to the Coast Guard or contact them. The signal is detected by satellites that forward the signal to ground stations. The ground station personnel verify the signal and then contact the appropriate authorities depending upon the nearest rescue facilities. I have two EPIRB’s on my sailing vessel, one permanently mounted unit and one battery powered portable. I won’t leave the dock without first testing them.

    • Bill Davis says:

      @Not Expat Joe Mine does. It’s registered with the USCG as required, especially since the predominant use of my boat is over three miles and less than two hundred miles from land which last time I checked is US federal waters which is Coast Guard jurisdiction.

    • Crashman 206 says:

      Radio waves do not travel through water. Sounds waves will but radio will not so once a vessel sinks the radio signal will not reach a satellite or even the surface.
      Sonar is used under water.

    • missmerbella says:

      Probably need something a bit more advanced than your $400 EPIRB to signal from 12,000+ ft under the ocean, lol.

  10. jon smitt says:

    I was on a canoe trip with 20 people and we pulled into an eddy for lunch. A parent found a body which we must’ve all passed as we pulled in and none of us recognized. It is surprisingly hard to see things bobbing at the waters surface.
    A smooth white pill shaped object would be almost impossible to see in the North Atlantic. It would be almost indistinguishable from wave crests and who knows how much floating garbage or ice is out there.
    The view is exactly the same for hours and there are no markers to guide your view which section of water you’ve gazed over already or not at all.

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