Space tourist disappeared during a dive to the “Titanic”

One of the passengers who disappeared during the dive to the “Titanic” in the “Titan” submersible is British billionaire Hemish Garding. Last year, he made a tourist flight to space aboard the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft.
Hemish Garding. Source Blue Origin.

The missing submersible belonged to the company OceanGate Expedition, which specializes in organizing underwater excursions to the wreckage of the “Titanic.” The submersible disappeared during a dive that took place on June 18. On board were five people, including the operator and four tourists, and the British billionaire Hemish Garding was among them.

Hemish Garding is the owner of Action Aviation, a company engaged in the sale and operation of aviation technology. In June 2022, he made a tourist flight aboard the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft, reaching an altitude of 107 km. A year before that, he and Victor Veskovo also made a dive into the Mariana Trench, setting a record for depth and duration of the dive.

After the disappearance of the “Titan” submersible became known, the US Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation. However, they have not yet found any traces of the missing vehicle.

OceanGate Expedition submersible. Source: OceanGate Expedition

According to most experts, the chances of a successful resolution of the situation are extremely low. According to a statement from OceanGate Expedition, the “Titan” had a 96-hour air supply on board. However, nearly two days have passed since its disappearance. Considering the vast search area, it is highly unlikely that rescuers will be able to locate the submersible. Even if they manage to do so, they still lack the means to quickly raise the submerged vehicle from a depth of 4 km. It is possible that the missing submersible got entangled in the wreckage of the “Titanic.” But even in that case, those on board can only rely on themselves.