On Thursday, the US Coast Guard announced that an underwater robot had found a “debris field” in search for the OceanGate Titan submarine.
Five people were on board when it disappeared on Sunday while on a mission to explore ocean depths near the site of the Titanic wreckage.
The debris field is consistent with what officials have described as a “catastrophic implosion”—but what has been revealed now is that this implosion was picked up by a top secret military acoustic detection system hours after the Titan vessel began its mission.
The Wall Street Journal reported that, according to US defense officials, shortly after communication with the submersible was lost, this system detected what it suspected was an implosion near where debris was discovered on Thursday.
A top secret military acoustic detection system designed to spot enemy submarines first heard what the U.S. Navy suspected was the Titan submersible implosion hours after the vehicle began its mission, officials involved in the search said.
The Navy began listening for the Titan almost as soon as the sub lost communications, according to a U.S. defense official. Shortly after the submersible’s disappearance Sunday, the U.S. system detected what it suspected was the sound of an implosion near the debris site discovered Thursday and reported its findings to the commander on site, U.S. defense officials said.
“The U.S. Navy conducted an analysis of acoustic data and detected an anomaly consistent with an implosion or explosion in the general vicinity of where the Titan submersible was operating when communications were lost,” a senior U.S. Navy official told The Wall Street Journal in a statement. “While not definitive, this information was immediately shared with the Incident Commander to assist with the ongoing search and rescue mission.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of the men involved in this tragic incident.