( Spanish) — The US and Canadian authorities are carrying out an intense search operation to find the submarine with five people on board that disappeared this Sunday on an expedition to see the remains of the Titanic.
As the search for the missing submarine enters its fourth day, various agencies are working around the clock to procure the specialized equipment needed. Although much of the search has focused on the surface of the water, the team now has underwater search capability at the scene.
Where do they search and how big is the area? These animated maps help to understand the magnitude and complexity of the search.
Where are the remains of the Titanic?
The wreckage of the Titanic lies on the ocean floor below the surface southeast of Newfoundland Island, in Newfoundland, Canada.
The approximate search area for the submarine is about the size of the state of Connecticut.
The US Coast Guard has searched an area “about the size of Connecticut” for the missing submersible with five people inside, US Coast Guard 1st District Commander Rear Adm. John Mauger said.
The remains of the Titanic are in a very deep place
The remains of the Titanic lie some 3,794 meters below sea level, about 10 times the height of the Empire State Building in New York and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
It must be taken into account that 332 meters is the deepest depth reached by divers and that after a thousand meters the light is no longer visible.
The Titanic expedition area
The OceanGate company’s Titanic expeditions include a series of eight-day missions to the famous shipwreck, with the voyages beginning and ending in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, according to the archived website.
The submarine was part of an eight-day voyage conducted by OceanGate Expeditions. The voyage is based in Newfoundland, with participants first traveling 400 nautical miles to the wreck site, which is about 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
If the search teams locate the missing submarine in the depths of the ocean, the authorities will face a very complex mission to recover the vessel and any possible survivors.
With reporting from Nouran Salahieh, ‘s Rob Frehse, Raja Razek, Paula Newton, Artemis Moshtaghian, Rebekah Riess, Celina Tebor and Gabe Cohen contributed to this report.