Titanic sub’s fate – full details of ‘catastrophic’ incident that doomed vessel

It has officially been confirmed that the missing Titanic tourist submarine "catastrophically imploded" – with all five crew members killed.

The shocking news came just moments before a press conference led by United States Coast Guard's Captain Jamie Fredericks took place.

Two separate debris sites contained five separate pieces of the vessel, including the nose cone, the front bow and the hull of the pressure cone.

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A second smaller debris field was also found, with the "other end" of the pressure hull.

Rear Adm. John Mauger, the First Coast Guard District commander, said that the wreckage was "consistent with a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber".

He said: "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.

"We’ll continue to work and continue to search the area, but I don’t have an answer for prospects at this time.

"We will do our best to fully map out what’s down there."

A statement from OceanGate said: "We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding and Paul-Henri Nargeolet have sadly been lost.

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"These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world's oceans.

"Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time.

"We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.

"We appreciate their commitment to finding these five explorers, and their days and nights of tireless work in support of our crew and their families.

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"This is a very sad time for the entire explorer community, and for each of the family members of those lost at sea.

"We respectfully ask that the privacy of these families be respected during this most painful time."

Rear Admiral Mauger said that he offered his “deepest condolences” to the families of the five people on board Titan, adding that he hoped the discovery of debris from the craft offered them “some solace during this difficult time."

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