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New twist revealed in doomed Titan submersible investigation unveils truth about frightening account logs

A year-long investigation has revealed the disturbing log transcript of communications between the doomed Titan submersible and its mothership — a document that was circulated by millions online — was completely fake.

The logbook claimed to detail the final communications between the submersible, which was attempting to reach the Titanic with five voyagers on board, and the mothership.

There was widespread suspicion when the log documents were released last year, with many questioning whether the transcript between the two vessels was legitimate.

According to the New York Timesthe head of the US government team investigating the disaster — including the nature and authenticity of the communication transcript — believes the entire log is fake.

Evidence in the Titan submersible investigation was deemed fake. via REUTERS
Five people died in the submersible. Dirty Dozen Productions/OceanGat/AFP via Getty Images

Capt. Jason D. Neubauer, who retired from the US Coast Guard and serves as chairman of the Marine Board of Investigation, said his investigation team has found no evidence that those on board the Titan knew a fatal implosion was about to occur.

“I’m confident it’s a false transcript … it was made up,” he said, as reported by the Times.

The logs, which were released and circulated by millions online from an unnamed author, revealed minute-by-minute communications allegedly between the submersible and the mothership.

The logs contained realistic descriptions of what one would imagine would occur on board in the final moments before the vessel imploded.

The logs also contained acronyms and technical words unique to the submersible, which at the time only further convinced readers the transcript was real.

A days-long search took place to find the submersible. AP

Part of the logs suggested the crew on board the Titan were in a state of panic, with hull alarms going off inside the submersible before communication abruptly ended.

Neubauer hopes the truth around the transcript will bring some comfort to the family of the five men inside the Titan that they didn’t suffer in their last moments.

The five men aboard the Titan included businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son, Suleman, 19, as well as airline executive Hamish Harding, 58, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, 77.

Stockton Rush, 61, the founder and chief executive of OceanGate — the American firm that built the submersible and ran its tourist dives — was also on board as the pilot that day.

The submersible was attempting to visit the wreckage of the Titanic. OceanGate

It is reported that OceanGate would charge wealthy passengers up to $250,000 per person to get on board Titan for a chance to visit the wreckage of the Titanic.

On this particular voyage, those aboard the Titan had hoped to reach the wreck some 4,375 yards below the ocean’s surface on June 18, 2023, when disaster began to unfold.

Despite receiving warnings from both inside and outside OceanGate that the submersible might face “catastrophic” problems should it reach extreme depths, trips to the ocean floor proceeded anyway.

Five days later, on June 22, the first discovery of debris from the Titan near the Titanic’s resting place was made, and it was officially declared that the submersible had suffered a “catastrophic implosion.”

The now-debunked transcript reportedly started to circulate in the days following the debris discovery, with the wording and coding making it look as though “they (passengers on board) were panicking.”

“Somebody did it well enough to make it look plausible,” Neubauer said, adding that the most disturbing element of the fictitious transcript was the silence from the submersible while the mothership tried desperately to seek a response.