A debris field has been discovered during a search for a missing submersible that was carrying five people near the Titanic wreckage, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
The discovery was made by a remotely operated vehicle searching the area, which is being evaluated by experts within the unified command. That group reportedly consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Canadian Coast Guard and OceanGate Expeditions.
A press briefing will be held at 3 p.m. EST to discuss the findings from the Horizon Arctic’s remotely operated vehicle, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said the 21-foot submersible launched into the Atlantic Ocean, about 300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at 8 a.m. Sunday. It had enough oxygen on board to last approximately 96 hours.
The submersible was expected to resurface at 3 p.m. Sunday, but an hour and 45 minutes into the dive it lost contact with Research Vessel Polar Prince, which it launched from. Authorities received a report about the missing submersible at 5:40 p.m., the Coast Guard said Wednesday.
The vessel’s oxygen supply was expected to run out around 7 a.m. Thursday.
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