The search to locate and rescue the Titan submersible before it runs out of its four-day air supply will be the focus of a new fast-turnaround documentary on U.K. broadcaster Channel 5.
“Titanic Sub: Lost at Sea” has been scheduled to air today at 7 p.m. local time and will be presented by Channel 5 News host Dan Walker.
The ITN-produced documentary promises to “go beyond” news coverage and bring viewers up to date while examining the wider context of the voyage, its passengers and the fascination with the Titanic shipwreck. According to them, the film will also talk to experts and look at the rise of extreme tourism.
The go-to production company in the U.K. for fast-turnaround films in reaction to current events, ITN recently produced a special on British woman Nicola Bulley, who vanished in January without a trace while walking her dog, and was found dead three weeks later in a local river.
Ian Rumsey, managing director of content for ITN, said: “This program will chart everything from the exploration itself, to the rise of extreme tourism, to the rescue attempts, but above all it will tell a very human story that has captured the nation which is about 5 people, all with families, who are trapped at the bottom of the ocean. Our expertise and heritage in fast-turnaround documentaries and reputation for responsible filmmaking means we always treat such stories with great sensitivity.”
The Titan, which is roughly the size of a truck, went missing in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday with five people on board.
Banging sounds were allegedly detected in a search area on Tuesday, marking the first breakthrough in what’s now been a multiple-day search and rescue operation for the submersible, which lost contact on Sunday about an hour and 45 minutes into its dive to see the Titanic wreck. The Titan’s air supply is projected to have run out by now.
There are five people confirmed on board: British businessman Hamish Harding; British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman; former French Navy diver Paul-Henry Nargeolet; and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush.