Hamish Harding, a British adventurer and chairman of aircraft firm Action Aviation, has gone missing on a submersible that was diving to the wreck of the Titanic.
Harding, known for his exploration feats, including flying to space and holding three Guinness World Records, was part of a crew planning to dive to the Titanic wreck off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
The submersible operator, OceanGate, is focused on ensuring the crew’s safe return and is exploring all options for their rescue. The US Coast Guard and Canadian armed forces have deployed assets to locate the submersible and its crew.
Harding’s family, as well as authorities, are actively involved in the search and rescue efforts. The Titanic, which sank in 1912, rests approximately 3,800 meters below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, and the expedition to its wreckage is an eight-day journey costing $250,000 per person.