Coast Guard searching for missing submersible 900 miles east of Cape Cod

RMS Titanic departed Southampton on April 10, 1912. – Public Domain Photo

Staff report

BOSTON, Massachusettes – June 19, 2023

The Coast Guard has launched a search operation for five individuals who went missing after the Canadian research vessel Polar Prince lost communication with their submersible during a dive. The incident occurred approximately 900 miles east of Cape Cod on Sunday morning.

The submersible was taking passengers to look at the wreck of the Titanic.

In response to the distress call, the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina swiftly deployed a C-130 Hercules aircraft to aid in the search. Additionally, a Canadian P8 aircraft equipped with advanced underwater sonar capability has joined the search efforts.

The missing submersible and its occupants were last known to be in the vicinity of the dive location when contact was abruptly lost. The Coast Guard, in coordination with Canadian authorities, is intensifying search and rescue operations to locate and rescue the individuals involved.

“The 5-person crew submerged Sunday morning, and the crew of the Polar Prince lost contact with them approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes into the vessel’s dive,” according to the USCG.

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