The sinking of the RMS Titanic has long fascinated, spawning movies, miniseries, books, a Broadway musical and, of course, conspiracy theories. It is even inspired tourism. Since 2009, OceanGate Expeditions has allowed interested parties to travel more than two miles below the surface of the ocean to see the wreckage up close. Now a possible tragedy has struck.
According The New York Times, a submersible vessel went missing in the North Atlantic, prompting a desperate search and rescue mission by the US Coast Guard. The number of people on board is unclear, but the submersibles can only carry five people.
“Our full focus is on the crew members of the submersible and their families,” read a statement from OceanGate. “We are deeply grateful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and ocean-going companies in our efforts to re-establish contact with the submersible.”
Titanic voyages offered by OceanGate don’t just include a view of the wreck. The company’s website details an eight-day itinerary, which begins in the city of St. John’s in Canada. Once underwater, the submersible also visits nearby canyons. The cost of these trips is $250,000.
The Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912 on her maiden voyage from England to New York. After hitting an iceberg, the ship broke in two and sank to the ocean floor, killing 15,000 people. It wasn’t until 1985 that the wreckage was found, about 400 miles off Newfoundland.