A new report has revealed that the effort to rescue the individuals who were passengers on the Titan submersible vehicle that is believed to have imploded at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is rumored to cost millions of dollars, however, it seems OceanGate Expeditions, which is the company the sub belonged to, won’t be paying a dime for it. Wow. That must be nice, right? Not only does it look like negligence on behalf of the company in hits hiring practices and in other areas play a role in the incident, but now they aren’t even going to have to pay for the people and equipment deployed to help rescue people they put in harm’s way.
I guess no one believes in personal responsibility anymore, do they?
“Over the four days the rescue effort was conducted, airplanes, boats, and submersibles were utilized in the attempt, including Canadian P-3 Orion, P-8 Poseidon, and CP-140 Aurora aircraft as well as their vessels Horizon Arctic and Glace Bay. The French ship L’Atalante joined in the effort, as did three C-130 aircraft and three C-17 transport planes from the U.S. military,” the Daily Wire said in its latest report on the incident.
The executive director of the National Association for Search and Rescue, Chris Boyer, stated that the effort to save the lives of the passengers on board the sub would “probably cost millions.”
“It’s no different than if a private citizen goes out and his boat sinks,” retired Admiral Paul Zukunft, who was the head of the U.S. Coast Guard from 2014-2018, said. “We go out and recover him. We don’t stick them with the bill after the fact.”
“The Coast Guard’s default,” the retired admiral added, “is we will always launch for safety of life at sea — and always holding out hope that they do rise to the surface, we launch a rescue swimmer, and they’re all recovered and live to see the next day.”
The Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System, a winch system deployed by the Navy to aid in the rescue, was sent to the area where the sub was believed to have been located when it went missing.
“In the end, the extra time needed may not have mattered, as reports on Thursday indicated that the passengers may have died early in the expedition when the submersible imploded, killing them instantaneously. On Thursday, the United States Coast Guard announced that a remote-controlled vehicle deployed by the Horizon Arctic had found debris from the Titan. ‘A debris field was discovered within the search area by an ROV near the Titanic,’ USGC Northeast said in a statement. “Experts within the unified command are evaluating the information,” the report revealed.
“A debris field implies a break-up of the submersible … that really sort of indicates what is the worst-case scenario, which is a catastrophic failure and generally that’s an implosion,” marine scientist and rescue expert David Mearns said during an interview with Sky News.
“The only saving grace is that it would have been immediate — literally in milliseconds — and the men wouldn’t have known what was happening,” Mearns continued.
Such a tragic incident. Pray for the families of those who lost their lives in the accident, as they are in for a long, rough road ahead.
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