Horrifying Simulation Shows What Likely Happened During Titan Sub’s ‘Catastrophic Implosion’

A computer simulation has shown what may have happened during the “catastrophic implosion” that killed all five passengers aboard OceanGate Expeditions’ Titanic tourist submersible, Titan. The US Coast Guard confirmed on Thursday that debris had been found indicating that the underwater vehicle had failed shortly into its journey, leading to the fatal accident.

While an explosion sends shrapnel and debris outwards at high velocity, an implosion occurs when an object collapses inwards almost instantaneously, destroying itself in a fraction of a second. It can be hard to picture what that would actually look like, but TikTok users @sincerelybootz and @starfieldstudio posted horrifying simulations revealing what Titan’s passengers may have experienced during the implosion.

The simulations give greater context to comments made by former naval officer and Florida International University professor Aileen Maria Marty, who told CNN that such a disaster is “incredibly quick” and would happen “before the individuals inside would even realize that there was a problem.”


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She added that while the passengers’ death were tragic, the only positive thing is that they won’t have felt a thing. “Ultimately, among the many ways in which we can pass, that’s painless,” Marty said.

Experts say it’s extremely unlikely that any bodies will be recovered given the nature of the implosion that befell Titan. However, the US Coast Guard is continuing its search efforts as part of its investigation as to what went wrong with the journey. However, any insight into the tragedy will likely be a long time coming, as the seabed floor is so unwelcoming, making it hard to recover any evidence, should it exist.

The passengers who lost their lives aboard Titan were 61-year-old OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, 58-year-old British billionaire Hamish Harding, 73-year-old French Titanic expert Paul Henri-Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his 19-year-old son, Suleman.


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