UK Billionaire Hamish Harding Is On Board The Missing Titanic Submersible, Family Confirms

According to the US Coast Guard, the ship lost touch with the research vessel Polar Prince one hour and 45 minutes into the dive, which started on Sunday morning as it made its way towards the Titanic wreck.

One of the five individuals on board the lost tourist submersible that was used to take visitors to the Titanic disaster is British billionaire Hamish Harding.

Paul-Henry Nargeolet, a French submersible pilot, and Stockton Rush, the chief executive and creator of OceanGate Expeditions, are two other people who have been identified as being present on board the Titan.

Brian Szasz, the stepson of Mr Harding, posted on Facebook: “Hamish Harding my stepfather has gone missing on submarine thoughts and prayers.”

“My stepdad Hamish Harding has gone missing on a submarine pray for a successful recovery.

“Thoughts and prayers for my stepfather Hamish Harding as his Submarine has gone missing exploring Titanic. Search and rescue mission is underway.”

One of OceanGate excursions’ submersibles has gone missing in the Atlantic Ocean, the business claimed, and searches are still going on. OceanGate Expeditions provides vehicles for deep-water excursions.

The US Coast Guard reported that there are five individuals aboard the 21-foot vessel, and the US Coast Guard North East reported that it is looking for the submersible around 900 miles off Cape Cod.

The submersible lost touch with the research vessel Polar Prince around an hour and a half into the dive on Sunday morning, it was stated.

In a statement, OceanGate claimed it was “exploring and mobilising all options” to get the crew home safely.

The Titanic, which currently lays 3,800m (12,500ft) under the Atlantic, perished in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg.

Mr Harding, the chairman of the aircraft sales and operations firm Action Aircraft, claimed on Twitter on Sunday that the millionaire had taken part in the Titanic expedition.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FDCO) said: “We are in contact with the family of a British man following reports of a missing submarine off the coast of North America.”

According to OceanGate, the Titan submersible is capable of diving 13,120ft “with a comfortable safety margin” and has 96 hours worth of “life support”. It takes two hours to descend approximately 12,500ft to the wreck.

footage of the Titanic submersibles

Every 15 minutes, the ship sends a message back to let people on land know that it is safe. However, according to Sky News, those pings have not been received in more than seven hours.

Tourists will occasionally pay thousands of dollars to be taken to the liner’s ruins. A spot on OceanGate Expeditions’ eight-day excursion costs $250,000 (£195,270) per participant.

The difficulties of the search operation were described by a marine operations professional, who also mentioned the need for “very specialized underwater vehicles” to reach the wreck’s location at depths.

Mike Welham told Sky News: “The biggest problem they’ve got is the depth of water that the Titanic site. It’s about 3,800m and you need very specialised underwater vehicles to go down to that depth and they’re not readily available. So they have a major problem if they have to search and recover this vehicle.”

Approximately 1,500 passengers perished when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, while making her first voyage from Southampton to New York after colliding with an iceberg.

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