Video shows the moment the OceanGate Expeditions submersible began its doomed voyage to the Titanic wreck in selfie footage posted to TikTok.
Abbi Jackson, a 22-year-old videographer employed by the company onboard the mothership, Polar Prince, shared the short video before the vessel disappeared.
The post, captioned ‘watching a submarine go down to the Titanic’ pans away from the ship’s deck to show Titan on the surface of the Atlantic some distance away.
Miss Jackson also filmed one of the sub’s passengers, Paul Henri Nargeolet, who has been dubbed ‘Mr Titanic’ for visiting the wreckage 37 times. The 77-year-old is seen sitting on the side of an inflatable boat before waving and smiling at the camera.
Miss Jackson has since shared her thoughts on the missing sub on Instagram, where she thanked well-wishers for their concern and asked them to pray for the five people who remain missing under the Atlantic.
Abbi Jackson, a 22-year-old videographer on the mothership, Polar Prince, shared a video of the Titan (seen here just to the left of her camera) moments before it went under water
Miss Jackson also filmed one of the sub’s passengers, Paul Henri Nargeolet – dubbed Mr Titanic – shortly before he boarded the missing craft
Also on board were British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, 58, UK-based businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, and OceanGate chief executive Stockton Rush.
At 9.45am – an hour and 45 minutes into the dive – it lost contact with its mothership, the Polar Prince.
But it wasn’t reported as missing to the US Coast Guard until 5.40pm, eight hours later. Canada’s Coast Guard wasn’t alerted until even later – 9.13pm on Sunday night.
Now, experts say the crew – who were estimated on Tuesday to have around 40 hours of oxygen left, have just a one per cent chance of survival.
‘If I was advising the Prime Minister, I’d say their chances are one per cent,’ Lt. David Marquet, a former nuclear submarine commander for the US Navy told DailyMail.com this morning.
Last year, the Titan lost communications with the mothership for two hours during a similar dive. It resurfaced, and the mishap was documented jokingly by a CBS reporter who happened to be on board at the time.
The Titan sub is shown on Sunday morning, seconds before submerging at around 8am with five people onboard
The Polar Prince is the expedition ship being used in the dives. It didn’t alert the Coast Guard until 5.40pm
TIMELINE OF EVENTS: The Titan lost contact with the surface sparking panic. All timings given in BST, five hours ahead of EST.
Five vessels located in the search area
There are currently five vessels located in the search area above the Titanic wreck, according to marine tracking data.
There are also four more vessels listed by the US Coastguard traveling to the area, Sky reports.
Vessels currently at the wreck site are the Polar Prince, Deep Energy, Atlantic merlin, Skandi Vinland and CGS Cabot.
Those described as ‘en route’ include Canadian CGS Ann Harvey, Canadian CGS Terry Fox, Motor Vessel Horizon Arctic, and French Research L’Atalante.
The company has not yet explained why it took so long to alert the Coast Guard when the Titan lost communications on Sunday.
In a statement on Tuesday, it said: ‘For some time, we have been unable to establish communications with one of our submersible exploration vehicles which is currently visiting the wreck site of the Titanic.
‘Our entire focus is on the wellbeing of the crew and every step possible is being taken to bring the five crew members back safely.
‘We are deeply grateful for the urgent and extensive assistance we are receiving from multiple government agencies and deep-sea companies as we seek to reestablish contact with the submersible.
‘We pray for the safe return of the crew and passengers, and we will provide updates as they are available.’
‘We haven’t even found them yet. If we do, I would raise it to 15 per cent. It is bleak – I don’t want to say it but I’m trying to be realistic.
‘Miracles do happen [like the Thai boys who were lost in a cave in 2015] but this is a different situation.
‘This is a desperate race against time.’
Paul Henri Nargeolet – dubbed Mr Titanic’ – (left) is believed to be taking part in the expedition, along with Stockton Rush (right), CEO of the OceanGate Expedition
Among those taking part in the expedition is billionaire Hamish Harding (pictured), CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai. He excitedly posted to social media about being there on Sunday
Sulaiman Dawood, 19, who is missing on board the submarine is pictured with his mother Christine
Shahzada Dawood, 48, (pictured with his wife Christine) a UK-based board member of the Prince’s Trust charity, and his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, are amongst the five people missing in the submarine that set off to see the wreck of the Titanic, it was revealed today
He compared it to trying to find a ‘minivan’ in the enormous ship’s wreckage.
‘The problem, it is most likely on the bottom at this point because it wasn’t found on the surface and it doesn’t seem to be making any noises so this leads me of a pessimistic thought-process that they are unable to turn on the hull.
‘We’re then talking about trying to find a minivan amongst the wreckage of the Titanic.
‘Once they find it though we’ve got to get it up to the surface which means either freeing it if it’s lodged in the Titanic somehow.
‘Or more likely, they have lost the ability [to surface]so we need to hoist them which needs a ship with a 2.5mile-long cable.
‘The most difficult part will be getting the hook on to it. It’s like that arcade game except you can’t see, so paint the walls black, and make it 2.5miles long – and there’s wind in there so it is blowing around.
‘All is not lost yet because they still have oxygen but… imagine the sub is on the far side of the moon – that is a better representation.
‘Even if you find it, how do you get it back up? They can’t open it from the inside – it’s bolted from the outside.’
Marquet lamented the fact that there are few other – if any other – vessels with the capability of diving to 12,500ft to rescue them.
‘The US and Royal Navy have a long history of operating submarines and they don’t go as deep as these guys do. They are in uncharted territory. If our subs went that deep, everyone would be dead.
‘The sub would rupture – there would be a crack in the hull, or a pipe would burst, it would fill with water sink to bottom. And the pressure…everyone would die.’
‘At this pressure – it’s 400 times the pressure of sea level. That is hard to conceive
‘It would take all the air in a room and collapse it to the size of a trash can. At these pressures, if it sprung a leak, they would be dead before they know it.’
A desperate search is currently underway for a 22-foot deep-sea vessel (shown in this graphic) that went missing with five people on board as it dove towards the wreck site of the Titanic, who are now cut off from the world in claustrophobic terms
Aaron Amick, a US Navy contractor and veteran, echoed his concerns.
‘I know everyone is waiting on the US Navy to save the day, but our rescue sub is limited to 2,000ft depth.
‘There is no one able to reach the Titan who can rescue Titan. Her only hope is to find a way to the surface on her own where we can help,’ he said.
Amick liked the Titan to a ‘tomb’ dropped in the water with no emergency air breathing devices onboard.
‘They basically lock 5 people in a tomb and drop it to the bottom. The crew never had a chance,’ he said, adding that occupants can only get out if it is on the surface.
He said he imagines the sub is ‘sitting on the bottom’, well out of reach.
‘Loss of power or structural failure are my two best guesses. Both? Sitting on the bottom either way,’ he said.
Rear Admiral John Mauger, who is coordinating the search, said on Tuesday crews had been working ’round the clock’ to locate it.
‘This is a complex case and the Coast Guard doesn’t have all the resources to be able to affect this kind of rescue, although this is an area within our search zone,’ he said on Tuesday during an appearance on Good Morning America.
OceanGate is in charge of the underwater search, he said. The firm has not provided specifics on when the vessel went missing, or when it was reported to the Coast Guard.