I am “saying a little prayer” for those inside the micro-sub.
They that go down to the sea in ships,
and occupy their business in great waters;
These men see the works of the Lord,
and his wonders in the deep.
For at his word the stormy wind ariseth,
which lifteth up the waves thereof.
BUT, I find it disgraceful and utterly telling that there are thousands around the planet who have long struggled in difficult circumstance merely to survive and yet are at this moment, today, this hour, dying, receiving no notice nor care while huge resources are being spent to rescue a set of wealthy people who knowingly took a wild risk.
I do not blame that wealthy vacationing 5 about to die for the revolting public spectacle circumstance of the press and world reacting like Pavlovian dogs chasing advertising revenues and twisted glory. I blame the ever more idiotic echo chamber and our debased culture. Barf.
(who in his younger days did water lifeguard rescues of multiple people and led search and rescues of beleaguered lost mountaineers and children, and himself loved going on dangerous expeditions…)
There was a guy on CNN a while ago who knew two of the professionals aboard the sub. He said that the “tapping sound” that was detected last night followed the submariners protocol for “3 minutes of tapping followed by 27 minutes of silence” with the sequence repeated on the hour and half hour. That indicates someone is alive, but it will take a while to pinpoint the location – time they don’t have. A US Navy captain from the diving service said it would take a minimum of 4 or 5 hours to rig up any kind of rescue and winch the sub to the surface once the location is known. They’re supposed to be out of air by 8 AM Eastern Time Thursday, so I guess if they can’t pinpoint the location in the next 6 hours, they’re out of luck.
I don’t think so. The Navy’s submarine rescue service can’t operate below 2,000 ft depth. Titanic is 13,000 ft. Also the door to the submersible is bolted closed from the outside. You’d be trying to open it against the immense pressure of the 13,000 ft water column.