The bodies of the five men killed on the Titan submersible will reportedly never be returned to their grieving families.
While some body parts are understood to have been recovered from the debris of the doomed vessel, the catastrophic nature of its implosion means the full bodies will never be recovered, experts believe. The active search for the Titan and its passengers by ocean services company PRS has now been called off, meaning any further human remains are unlikely to be found.
British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, 19, a student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, died along with Stockton Rush, the chief executive of the sub’s operator OceanGate, and French Navy veteran Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
The water pressure unleashed at the depths where the Titan was destroyed on a journey to view the wreck of the Titanic will have had a devastating effect on anything inside, experts say.
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Naval architect Tony Bowman told MailOnline: “The impact of the flow of water, the pressure would have been enormous.
“Body parts may be found because these jets of water would be just instantaneous. Just applying some logical sense to it, the poor people in there wouldn’t have known anything about it when it happened.
A spokesman for the US Coastguard said yesterday: “United States medical professionals will conduct a formal analysis of presumed human remains that have been carefully recovered within the wreckage at the site of the incident.”
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Experts had warned Mr Rush for years that his self-designed submersible was not fit for diving to the depths where the Titanic lies off Newfoundland.
The carbon fibre used is prone to delamination, when a material fractures into layers when put under pressure.
Industry experts believe that the Titan’s titanium components withstood the disaster which occurred 13,000ft underwater, but the carbon fibre elements were likely to have been crushed into hundreds of pieces.
Titanic director James Cameron, a renowned deep sea explorer and submersibles expert, said: “If I had to put money down on what the finding [of the investigation] will be, the Achilles heel of the sub was the composite cylinder that was the main hull that the people were inside.
“There were two titanium end caps on each end. They are relatively intact on the sea floor. But that carbon fibre composite cylinder is now just in very small pieces.”
Capt Jason Neubauer, of the Marine Board of Investigation, thanked the teams working on the search for and retrieval of the vessel.
“I am grateful for the coordinated international and interagency support to recover and preserve this vital evidence at extreme offshore distances and depths,” he said.
“The evidence will provide investigators from several international jurisdictions with critical insights into the cause of this tragedy.”
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