‘Presumed human remains’ recovered from wreckage of Titan sub

Debris from the submersible is unloaded in St John's, Canada - Paul Daly/The Canadian Press/AP

Presumed human remains have been recovered from the wreckage of the Titan submersible, the US Coast Guard has confirmed.

Medical professionals will formally analyse the remains which are understood to have been found within the debris from the sea floor at the site of the deep-sea vessel’s fatal implosion, which killed five people.

British adventurer Hamish Harding and father and son Shahzada and Suleman Dawood were killed on board the vessel near the wreckage of the Titanic, alongside OceanGate Expeditions’ chief executive, Stockton Rush, and French national Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

Large pieces of debris from Titan were transported to St John’s harbour on Wednesday by the Horizon Arctic ship, where it was seen being unloaded by a crane.


An underwater robot carried to the site by the Horizon Arctic had dived to the ocean floor to search for the Titan during the multi-day, international search.

The recovered debris was covered in large tarpaulin as it reached land on Wednesday.

The pieces were lifted by cranes onto lorries and taken away to be assessed. However, some of the pieces appeared to show the outer casing of the 21ft vessel.

All five passengers on board the Titan were killed on the expedition to the wreck of the Titanic, which lies around two miles below sea level around 400 miles from the coast of Newfoundland.

The return of the debris to port in St John’s, Newfoundland, is a key piece of the investigation into why the submersible imploded, killing all five people on board.

Twisted chunks of the 22ft submersible came ashore at a Canadian Coast Guard pier on Wednesday.

Horizon Arctic, a Canadian ship, carried a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, to search the ocean floor near the Titanic wreck for pieces of the submersible.

Pelagic Research Services, a company with offices in Massachusetts and New York that owns the ROV, said in a statement on Wednesday that it has completed offshore operations.

Pelagic Research Services said its team is “still on mission” and cannot comment on the ongoing Titan investigation, which involves several government agencies in the US and Canada.

“They have been working around the clock now for 10 days, through the physical and mental challenges of this operation, and are anxious to finish the mission and return to their loved ones,” said the company’s statement.

It is being covered in tarpaulin before being taken away by lorry to be assessed
It is being covered in tarpaulin before being taken away by lorry to be assessed - Paul Daly/The Canadian Press