‘Like a horror movie’: It was 48 seconds before the Titan submersible imploded

A Spanish expert reveals what the final moments of passengers on board the OceanGate Expeditions ship might have looked like.

The five passengers who died on the Titan submersible last month would have known about the impending disaster a minute before the implosion, said a Spanish expert, who described the tragedy as a “like a horror movie”.

Jose Luis Martin a merchant seaman who worked as a chief engineer on a tourist submarine, said that the submersible of Ocean Gate Expeditions who was on a trip to explore the wreck of the Titanic, would have “Inflated like a balloon” after a free fall of about 900 meters, due to the rapid change in pressure.

The expert suggested that the submersible could have lost its stability due to an electrical fault which left it without propulsion, causing it to fall to the bottom of the sea “like a vertical arrow” and without “no control” with the window down. Its study is based on calculations made according to certain parameters such as: weight of the submersible, thrust, speed, mass, acceleration, coefficient of friction of water against a falling body.

Debris from the Titan submersible is unloaded from the ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard dock in St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 28, 2023. Photo: AP

In your opinion, the submersible descended between 48 and 71 seconds without anyone inside being able to do anything about it. “The starting point is for the submarine to descend uneventfully and in a horizontal plane until it reaches an altitude of approximately 1,700 meters. At this time an electrical fault occurs. It fails of engine and propulsion . That’s when he loses communication with Polar Price,” Martín said as quoted by NIUS Diario.

He estimated that the submersible began to drop at a depth of around 1,700 meters and fell “as if it were a stone and without any control” for around 900 meters down to around 2,600 meters . “Inflated like a balloon” due to the rapid change in pressure.

“The Titan changes position and falls like an arrow vertically, because the 400 kilos of the passengers who were in the porthole decompensate the submarine. They all rush and pile on top of each other. Imagine the horror, fear and agony. It had to be like a horror movie,” Martín explained.

Titan passengers, left to right: Shahzada Dawood, Suleman Dawood, Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Stockton Rush and Hamish Harding. Photo: AP

And he adds: “As it fell to the depths of the ocean, the resistant hull was subjected to a sudden increase in pressure and then there was a strong compression of the container where the tourists and the pilot were. “During this period, they achieve everything. And, in addition, in complete darkness. It’s hard to get an idea of ​​what they went through in those moments. After those 48 seconds, or one minute, there is an implosion and sudden death.” comments on what, for him, could have been the last moments of the passengers’ lives.

The Titan submersible lost communication with its support vessel on Sunday, June 18, during a Descent to the wreck of the Titanic 3,800 meters below the surface. A few days later, its remains were recovered. It would have suffered a “catastrophic implosion”.

Virginia Tech ocean engineering professor Stefano Brizzolara also suggested that the ship’s pressurized hull might have had a flaw that could have disintegrated under the enormous pressure.

Source: Latercera

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