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Titan sub search fights tears as he reveals moment he knew explorers were dead

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Titan submersible debris offloaded at St John's in Canada

The leader of the team in charge of the search for the missing Titan submersible became emotional as he recalled the moment the search turned “into a recovery”. Pelagic Research Services CEO Ed Cassano said the team were “always conscious” of the five men on board. Holding back tears Mr Cassano said: “Plain and simple, we were focused on rescue.”

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Businessman and his son, Shahzada and Suleman Dawood; British businessman Hamish Harding; French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet; and Stockton Rush, the CEO of the vessel’s operator, OceanGate Expeditions all died after the submersible imploded around an hour and 45 minutes into its dive. 

Mr Cassano recalled the time efforts to find the submarine turned into a recovery operation rather than a rescue. 

Debris from the submersible was found around 1,600ft from the wreckage of the Titanic, leading experts to the conclusion that those on board had not survived. 

Ms Cassano said: “Shortly after arriving on the seafloor, we discovered the debris of the Titan submersible…by 12 o’clock, a rescue turned into a recovery.”

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