Harrowing news as a tourist submarine with just a half-dozen seats allegedly costing $250K each has gone missing in a remote part of the Atlantic.
The Coast Guard has sent two C-130 Hercules aircraft to search for the submersible on the surface of the water, and has been joined by a Canadian C-130, and a P8 aircraft equipped with underwater sonar capability. Sonar buoys are also being deployed in the area.
Rear Adm John Mauger of the US Coast Guard said it would need additional expertise to rescue the vessel if it was found underwater and he was reaching out for help, including to the US Navy and the private sector.
Canada’s defence department said that, along with the aircraft, the Canadian coast guard vessel Kopit Hopson was assisting in the search.
The immediate call for additional expertise suggests the owner did not present public servants much of a disaster plan to follow, despite the nature of a very high risk commercial business.
Update June 23: it has been revealed the US Navy picked up an implosion sound and knew immediately the sub was destroyed killing everyone.
Some are now asking if the millions of dollars spent “searching” for survivors can be explained, if experts had high certainty there wouldn’t be any.
It also has been revealed the commercial company was run by an American man who refused expert assessments, ignored staff concerns and didn’t believe in safety regulations.
I just couldn’t understand why things appeared to be easy to MacArthur.
Clearly sending a sub to 3800 meters is NOT easy. MacArthur was fired and was a terrible military leader.