Material will be sent for testing in the US to help identify the possible cause of the implosion

The United States Coast Guard announced on Wednesday (June 28, 2023) that it had found possible human remains from the wreckage of the submersible Titan, which imploded during an expedition that led to the remains of the Titanic. Here is the full statement, in English (78 KB).

The material will be sent to laboratories in the United States for formal analyzes and tests to be carried out to help identify the possible cause of the implosion.

“The evidence will provide investigators in several international jurisdictions with critical information about the cause of this tragedy. There is still much work to be done to understand the factors that led to the catastrophic loss of TITAN and to help ensure that a similar tragedy does not happen again.” said US Coast Guard Captain Jason Neubauer.

The unloading was carried out by the ship Horizon Arctic, at the Canadian Coast Guard pier, in the city of St. John’s, in Newfoundland also on Wednesday (June 28).


The tourist submarine carrying 5 passengers on an expedition to the wreck of the Titanic disappeared on June 18, when it lost contact with the Boston Coast Guard (USA). The wreck is about 600 km off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

The submersible, made of carbon fiber and titanium and weighing more than 10 tons, was equipped to provide up to 96 hours of oxygen.

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Among the passengers on the submarine were:

  • Hamish Harding – 58-year-old British billionaire. In 2022, was part of the Blue Origin space flight that broke the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by the 2 poles;
  • Shahzada Dawood – 48-year-old Pakistani man who belongs to one of the richest families in Pakistan, which controls the conglomerate Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, accompanied by his son;
  • Sulaiman Dawood – 19-year-old son of Dawood;
  • Paul-Henry Nargeolet – 77-year-old former commander of the French Navy and the greatest Titanic scholar. He is the captain of the vessel on the current expedition;
  • Stockton Rush – Company Founder and CEO of OceanGate.


The expedition offered by OceanGate costs US$ 250,000 (R$ 1.19 million at current prices) per guest, lasting 8 days. Each vessel has capacity for 5 people.

The submersible Titan takes about 8 hours to reach the depth (3,800 meters) where the wreckage of the Titanic is.

program report Sunday Morning from US broadcaster CBScarried out in November 2022, said that the submarine is controlled by a Logitech video game controller that costs around R$ 319.99.


The Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. She was managed by the company White Star Line, built by the shipyards of Harland and Wolff, in Belfast (Northern Ireland), and was considered one of the largest and most luxurious ships ever built at the time.

The ship departed from Southampton (England), on its maiden voyage to New York (USA), with about 2,200 passengers on board. However, on the night of April 14, the Titanic collided with an iceberg en route and began to sink.

Despite efforts to save the ship, such as trying to put passengers in lifeboats, the Titanic sank in less than 3 hours. About 1,500 people died in the disaster, including passengers and crew.

In 1997, the drama and romance film “Titanic”directed by James Cameron and based on the shipwreck of the same name.

The film’s plot revolves around the romance between Rose (played by Kate Winslet) and Jack (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), 2 young people from different social classes who meet during the maiden voyage of the ship.

The film Titanic was a huge success at the box office, grossing around $2.225 billion and receiving 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Score.


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