‘I was trapped on a sub stuck under Titanic wreck – it almost claimed my life’

A TV reporter recalled a life-threatening moment when his submersible got stuck in the Titanic wreck.

Rescue search continues as British billionaire Hamish Harding, 48, and businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48,and his 19-year-old son, Sulaiman, are among a small group of people that boarded a missing sub operated by OceanGate Expeditions.

As recovery teams race against time to locate the craft before the oxygen runs out, a former ABC science editor shared his near-death moment when he visited the iconic site in 2000.

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Dr Michael Guillen posted a clip on Twitter yesterday (June 19) to explain the unpredictable and dangerous situation at 12,500ft underwater.

He tweeted: "When I was at ABC News, I became the first TV correspondent in history to report from the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, 2 1/2 miles below the surface.

"An accident happened that almost claimed my life."

Combining real-life footage and a 3-D remodelled diagram, he said in a voiceover: "As approached the stern of the ship, we suddenly caught up in a strong underwater current that pushed us towards one of the gigantic 21-tonne propellers."

The external camera at the submersible showed the propeller.

One man can be heard saying: "Oh my God, look at that size of that thing [the propeller].

"Look at the blade, it's clean like it's brand new!"

And when they tried to back out, the operator felt a resistance, saying: "Little bit of a boom, don't you?"

Then another man chimed in, saying: "Oh my gosh, look at these things, look at these.

"So are we stuck or what?"

Dr Guillen said the vessel somehow appeared to be stuck beneath the wreck of the stern.

Thankfully, they all made it safe and sound back to the surface.

Titan, the craft operated by OceanGate, reportedly carries only 96 hours worth of emergency oxygen.

And time is against search teams as its beleived there is only 50 hours of oxgygen left for the five people on board since it has been down in the ocean on Sunday.

OceanGate Expeditions, the private company which organises deep-sea expeditions, had confirmed in a statement that it owns the missing submersible. The company's managing director Mark Butler said the crew set out on Friday.

He said: "Every attempt is being made for a rescue mission. There is still plenty of time to facilitate a rescue mission, there is equipment on board for survival in this event. We're all hoping and praying he comes back safe and sound."

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