Missing Titanic sub search enters a critical phase as the Titan’s oxygen supply drops

The search for the missing Titan submersible with five people on board continues as oxygen supply onboard runs critically low.

Current search efforts: Remote-operated vehicles and surveillance aircraft remain focused on searching for the Titan submersible.
* The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for the source of the underwater noises detected late Tuesday and Wednesday.
* Remote-operated vehicles from the Canadian vessel Horizon Arctic and the French vessel L’Atalante are assisting in the search.

Oxygen supply concerns: The Titan’s oxygen supply, estimated to last 96 hours initially, could run out early Thursday morning.
* U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jamie Frederick emphasizes the operation remains a search-and-rescue mission.

Background on the Titan: Owned by OceanGate and designed to visit the Titanic wreckage, the Titan encountered safety concerns during development.
* In 2018, OceanGate’s former director of marine operations, David Lochridge, flagged potential safety issues with the submersible.
* OceanGate has had at least two documented safety incidents with the Titan since the warnings given.

The passengers on board the Titan include OceanGate’s CEO Stockton Rush, a French underwater wreck expert, a British entrepreneur, and a Pakistani father-son duo.

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