RDML John Mauger

Opening Statement and Q&A on the Fate of the Titan Submersible

delivered 22 June 2023, Boston, Massachusetts


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This morning, an ROV, or Remotely Operated Vehicle, from the vessel Horizon Arctic discovered the tail cone of the Titan Submersible approximately 1600 feet from the bow of the Titanic on the sea floor. The ROV subsequently found additional debris. In consultation with experts from within the Unified Command, the debris is consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber.

Upon this determination, we immediately notified the families.

On behalf of the United States Coast Guard and the entire Unified Command, I offer my deepest condolences to the families. I can only imagine what this has been like for them, and I hope that this discovery provides some solace during this difficult time.

Additionally, we've been in close contact with the British and French consuls general to ensure that they are fully apprised and that their concerns are being addressed. The outpouring of support in this highly complex search operation has been robust and immensely appreciated.

We are grateful for the rapid mobilization of experts on the undersea search and rescue, and we thank all of the agencies and personnel for their role in the response.

We're also incredibly grateful for this full -- full spectrum of international assistance that's been provided. The ROVs will remain on scene and continue to gather information.

Again, our most heartfelt condolences go out to the loved ones of the crew.

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