(CMR) A search and rescue operation is now on after a submersible used to take people to view the wreck of the Titanic went missing in the Atlantic Ocean.
It is unclear how many people were on board when it went missing; however, the Titan Submersible has a capacity of five, 4 crew members and a pilot.
The company operating the submersible, OceanGate Expeditions, said they were working to rescue crew members. OceanGate Expeditions is a private company that organizes deep-sea expeditions.
“We are exploring and mobilizing all options to bring the crew back safely. Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
Small submersibles occasionally take paying tourists and experts to view the wreck of the Titanic, some 3,800m (12,500ft) beneath the ocean surface. According to BBC, the company charges guests $250,000 (£195,270) for a place on its eight-day expedition to see the famous wreck.
It bills the trip on its carbon-fiber submersible as a “chance to step outside of everyday life and discover something truly extraordinary.”
According to its website, one expedition is ongoing, and two more have been planned for June 2024.