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Titanic Tourist Sub Missing

Canadian and American Coast Guards were searching yesterday for a lost tourist submersible near the wreckage of the Titanic in the northern Atlantic, roughly 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The 23,000-pound, truck-sized vehicle called Titan last transmitted its regular signal Sunday afternoon; officials claim the vehicle has enough oxygen for three to four days.

 

The missing submersible's owner, OceanGate Enterprises, offers eight-day, $250K excursions to venture 12,000 feet below the ocean surface and view the shipwreck where over 1,500 people died in 1912. Officials said five people were on board the submersible, with independent reports claiming British billionaire Hamish Harding is among those missing (see passengers). Commercial dives are limited by a 2020 international treaty barring the removal of artifacts from the site, though many adventurers—including a couple who exchanged wedding vows there in 2001—have descended just for the views. 

 

Last month, the first-ever 3D imagery of the entire wreckage site was released, helping researchers to better analyze the ship's descent. See the scans here

 

Migrant-Smuggling Suspects

Nine Egyptian men pleaded not guilty in a Greek court yesterday for their alleged role in a migrant-carrying boat that capsized off the southwestern coast of Greece last week. At least 78 people were killed, marking the deadliest such event in Greek waters this year. 

 

The nine men, who were reportedly identified by some of the boat's survivors as members of a smuggling ring, face charges of human trafficking, causing the shipwreck, and endangering lives. The suspects are due back in court today. The overcrowded fishing boat, believed to be carrying up to 750 people, was on its way to Italy from Libya—described by the UN as being part of the world's most dangerous maritime route—before it sank Wednesday. At least 104 people have been rescued so far. See our previous write-up here.

 

In related news, authorities in Pakistan arrested 14 people for allegedly trafficking migrants in connection with the capsized boat. 

 

India Heat Wave

The death toll in northeastern India continues to rise, with reports saying nearly 170 people have died from heat-related illnesses caused by an intense heat wave.

 

The recent scorching temperatures, reaching highs near 113 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend, have been consistently above normal. Power outages have further compounded the issue, prompting the government to call for electricity conservation measures—only 12% of India's population of 1.4 billion people have air conditioning and many units are often inadequate.

 

Authorities are also investigating alternative potential causes of the deaths as many symptoms deviate from the usual signs of heat-related illness, and many of the victims are over the age of 60 with preexisting conditions. One possibility being explored is water contamination; India frequently faces severe water shortages during heat waves, leaving tens of millions without access to running water.

 

Increasing heat waves have overwhelmed the country in recent years, including an incident in May that claimed the lives of 13 people in western India. Additionally, Asia experienced its hottest April on record.

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