‘It’s like looking for a 5p coin on a football field’ says military diving specialist

Mike Welham said the tourist sub dived on the Titanic with ‘no plan B’

LOCATING the submersible that has gone missing near the wreck of the Titanic is like trying to find a 5p coin on a football field, according to a military diving specialist.

Mike Welham told GB News: “They’ve got to find this vehicle, it’s like looking for a 5p coin on a football field. It’s not easy.

“There’s a lot of debris down there and of course they’ll use cameras, they’ll fly on various courses, plan it out. You’re going to have quite a bit of technology out there.

“But it’s the depth of the water that’s the big problem. All this works really well in shallow water but in deep water it’s a bit different.”

In a discussion with Andrew Pierce and Bev Turner, he continued: “This is a very, very serious business, if you’re going to go down there. How would you get back up? There has to be a Plan B. There is no plan B here.”

“Watching the pictures now, it’s a little boat, a little submarine. It’s gone down and there are now reports coming out that it wasn’t properly constructed.

“We don’t know and I wouldn’t speculate on that because that’s for investigators down the line. But at the moment, it’s pretty good news that there was a knocking that’s been picked up.

“It’s been picked up by bouys dropped from aircraft that can pick up sounds. It could be something else banging, we don’t know, but it’s hopeful that they might still be alive.”

He added: “They’re clearly running out of time. We know now that somebody is in there and is making banging noises. I don’t know whether that’s continuing.

“You’re going to have to put down a lifting cable, which is an enormous task, that’s going to have to go down and lift this, or be attached to this craft where it finished up and lifted to the surface.”


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