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The people lost in the missing Titan submersible are dead-bolted in with at least 17 bolts and have no way out unless they're found

Jun 20, 2023

The people inside the missing Titan submersible are currently sealed inside an airtight vessel.

  • The people inside the missing Titan submersible are currently sealed inside an airtight vessel.

  • The hatch is sealed shut with 17 bolts and "there's no other way out," per CBS News' David Pogue.

  • The US Coast Guard is now racing against time to find the submersible before the oxygen runs out.

The people in the missing Titan submersible have been sealed in the craft with at least 17 dead-bolts, and the only way to get them out is to find and open up the vessel.

This is according to a November report from the CBS News correspondent David Pogue, who previously took a trip on OceanGate's Titan submersible to see the wreck of the Titanic.

Now, the submersible is missing, with a crew of five people on board.


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"The crew closes the hatch, from the outside, with 17 bolts. There's no other way out," Pogue said in his November report.

Pogue told the BBC on Monday that, to his knowledge, the pod had at least seven functions that could help it resurface. But there's no solution to the submersible being trapped underwater, or a way out if water were to start leaking into the compartment, Pogue added.

"There's no backup, there's no escape pod," Pogue told the BBC. "It's get to the surface or die."

Pogue said that he was hesitant about getting into the submersible in November because the equipment on board appeared to be "improvised" and "off the shelf."

"You steer this sub with an Xbox game controller, some of the ballast is abandoned construction pipes," Pogue told the BBC.

The Titan submersible went missing about an hour and 45 minutes into its dive to the Titanic wreck on Sunday, per the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is now searching for the craft, which reportedly contains around four days of emergency oxygen for a five-person crew.

However, this is a race against time — the crew inside the Titan may run out of oxygen by Thursday afternoon ET.

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