It’s All The Small Things that keep us sane in the most stressful of times.
Rescuers are frantically racing against the clock trying to locate and save five passengers who were on a submersible that went missing during an expedition to the wreckage of the Titanic. And if you’re like me, you’ve been following this story nonstop for the past 48 hours, with the clock ticking down to when the missing vessel is expected to run out of oxygen on Thursday.
The submersible, named The Titan, is owned by OceanGate Explorations and is the world’s only five-person vessel that can reach the wreckage of the Titanic.
Since 2021, the company has been taking various individuals, including tourists who pay up to $250,000 each, to the site the of world famous shipwreck, allowing for scientific research of the 883-foot ship.
The remains of the ship sit 2.4 miles below the surface of the ocean, which makes it difficult to search for the missing vessel. The wreck site is located around 900 nautical miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The underwater touring company is now working with a number of different government agencies hoping to track down the submarine and its inhabitants.
One of the passengers has been identified by his family as as British explorer Hamish Harding, who served as mission director and crew pilot for a flight back in 2019 that set the current world speed record for the fastest circumnavigation of Earth by aircraft over both geographic poles.
And while the rest of the world is captivated by the story, it’s hard to imagine what the families of Harding and the other 4 passengers on the submersible are going through right now as they wait for updates on their loved ones, knowing that time is quickly running out for the story to have a happy ending.
But one family member of Harding didn’t let the disaster stop him from taking in a Blink 182 concert.
On Monday, before Harding’s identity as one of the passengers on the Titan had been publicly revealed, his stepson Brian Szasz tweeted that his stepfather was on the submersible: