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Two Pakistanis on board missing Titanic tourist submarine

Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman had embarked on the journey to visit the remains of the iconic Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean.

A submarine on a tourism expedition to document the wreckage of the Titanic has gone missing in the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Two Pakistanis were also on board and part of the five-member expedition team.

According to the details, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman had embarked on the journey to visit the remnants of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean. The Dawood family issued a statement, confirming to the media that the two family members were on board the mission and had lost communication.

Shahzada Dawood is based in the UK, and is a trustee at the SETI Insti­tute. He joined the Board of Engro Corporation in 2003 and currently serves as its vice chairman.

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Dubai-based billionaire Hamish Harding is also on board the missing submarine. Harding himself had posted on Facebook a day earlier that he would be aboard the submarine. There have been no posts from him since.

More about the missing submersible

The missing Titanic submarine is believed to be OceanGate’s Titan submersible, a truck-sized sub that holds five people and usually dives with a four-day emergency supply of oxygen.

The Titanic sank in 1912 and the shipwreck remains are at the bottom of the Atlantic. Tour firm OceanGate operates $250,000-a-seat tourist dives to explore the wreck.

OceanGate’s vessel was reported overdue on Sunday night about 435 miles (700 kilometers) south of St. John’s, Newfoundland, according to Canada’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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The craft submerged Sunday morning, embarking on its 5th mission, and its support vessel, the Canadian research icebreaker Polar Prince, lost contact with it about an hour and 45 minutes later. Officials are in a race against time to find the submersible. The sub has enough oxygen to last underwater until 12pm local time on Thursday.

The 21-foot vessel has four days of emergency capability, the leader of search and rescue efforts said Monday afternoon, as crews with the US and Canadian coast guards continued scouring the ocean’s surface about 900 miles east of Cape Cod and used sonar to listen for sounds far below the water, which is up to 13,000 feet deep in the area.