Submerged in 2022 – American author on “Titan”: “Death always hung over us”


The mini-submarine “Titan” has been missing since Sunday morning and a large-scale search for the submarine that was heading for the wreckage of the “Titanic” has so far been unsuccessful. American screenwriter Mike Reiss (“The Simpsons”, “Ice Age 3”) went underground in 2022 with “Titan” and has unflattering things to say about the submarine in his podcast. The journey was marked by technical difficulties…

Reiss, 64, reported that he and his wife had to sign a liability waiver before the dive, which “appears the word death three times on the first page.” The dive itself then proceeded with some technical difficulties – you didn’t feel safe doing it: “The radio was always off and the compass cut out during the dive. We then rowed around on the ocean floor for what felt like an eternity.

“Always feel like death is hanging over you”
Since no GPS and no radar work underwater, the “Titan” relies on navigation to the “Titanic” by the crew on the escort vessel via radio. But because the radio kept cutting out, it took forever to see the wreck, Reiss says. “Communication was the biggest weakness. And you always felt like death was hanging over your head.”

Also reported the same American science journalist David Pogue. He said that before they left for the Titanic they had been given little information about their expedition. He was shocked that the submarine was controlled with an “Xbox controller” and that “spent construction piping” had been used in its construction. “You get there and you’re a little worried,” says the journalist.

Ex-employee warned of safety risks
Years ago, an employee of the OceanGate operating company drew attention to the safety shortcomings. David Lochridge, the former head of OceanGate’s maritime operations, was even fired by it. Among other things, Lochridge criticized the mini-submarine’s safety system, which would report cracks in the outer hull “milliseconds before an implosion”. He tendered his resignation in 2018, after OceanGate previously sued him for leaking trade secrets.

Desperate search continues
Meanwhile, the desperate search for the mini-submarine with five people on board continues. According to unconfirmed reports, emergency services had registered “knock noises” every 30 minutes on Tuesday in the region where the submarine is suspected. The acoustic sounds would indicate there was still hope for survivors, it said.

On board are French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, British adventurer Hamish Harding and British-Pakistani business adviser Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleiman. Captain was the head of the operating company, Stockton Rush.

Source: Krone


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