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Horrifying Titan submarine update as year-long investigation reveals fake documents


The leader of an investigation into the Titan submersible disaster which claimed five lives last year has revealed he believes transcripts that appeared to be between the sub and its mother ship are “fake”.

In June 2023 the OceanGate vessel imploded during a trip to see the wreckage of the Titanic which lies 12,500 feet under the North Atlantic.

OceanGate’s chief executive Stockton Rush, 61, was killed in the incident alongside British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman, 19, British businessman Hamish Harding, 58, and Paul-Henry Nargeolet, 77, a former French navy diver.

Speaking to the New York Times, Captain Jason D. Neubauer, who serves as chairman of the Marine Board of Investigation, said the log of communication that claimed to be between the Titan sub and its support vessel was not legitimate.

He told the publication: “I’m confident it’s a false transcript. It was made up. Somebody did it well enough to make it look plausible.”

The transcript, that was circulated widely online at the time of the disaster last year, purportedly detailed efforts from the crew inside the Titan to get the stricken vessel to the surface as problems emerged.

The carbon-fibre craft was declared missing on June 18, 2023, but tragically debris was found in the North Atlantic five days later, confirming a catastrophic implosion had happened beneath the surface.

Before the debris was found a massive search and rescue operation was mounted with hopes the crew may still be able to survive on oxygen reserves.

It was in late June the supposedly “plausible” transcript of the minute-by-minute final comms between the Titan and its support ship appeared online, however US investigators now believe it to be a fake.

Captain Neubauer told the New York Times he believes the people on board the Titan would have had no warning of their fate which would have happened almost instantly.

He said the log being fake may give some solace to the families of those who died that their loved-ones did not suffer in their final moments, adding: “It doesn’t make it any less painful, but it can help.”

Speaking after she learned of her husband and son’s death, Shahzada Dawood’s wife Christine went with her daughter Alina up on the deck of a ship searching for the sub.

Heartbreakingly Christine revealed that she uttered the words “I’m a widow now” to her daughter, who replied: “Yes, and I’m a single child.”

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