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Tour the Titanic

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 02:05

Expeditions to the world's most famous shipwreck are set to begin. Angela Moore reports.

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Two miles under the ocean's surface lies the wreckage of the world's most famous shipwreck. Soon, groups of adventurers will experience a rare, upclose look at the Titanic. Beginning in 2018, OceanGate Expeditions will begin a series of week-long missions to the bottom of the Atlantic. Since the Titanic ruins are protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the crew will only look, not touch. SOUNDBITE: Stockton Rush, CEO and founder of OceanGate Inc, saying (English): "The plan is to scan the wreck with the latest technology, to document its current condition, and then be able to see how that changes over time." Members of the public can climb aboard - for a cost of about $105,000 U.S. dollars. But make no mistake, this will be no day at the beach. SOUNDBITE: Stockton Rush, CEO and founder of OceanGate Inc, saying (English): "This is not a tourist operation. We have a number of nautical archaeologists in deep sea marine biologists, as well as our own crew, that will go. There are five individuals that can go on each dive. Three of those are what we call mission specialists. So those are the folks who helped finance the mission, but they are also active participants." Master diver Renata Rojas says the Titanic has enchanted her since she was a child. SOUNDBITE: Renata Rojas, master diver and OceanGate mission specialist, saying (English): "It's a tragedy that wasn't supposed to happen. It disappeared for years. It was mystical. And that attracts a lot of people. That's what attracted me to it." As for the cost. SOUNDBITE: Renata Rojas, master diver and OceanGate mission specialist, saying (English): "Is there any price for a dream? I've made a lot of sacrifices over time. I've saved a lot of money over time. I don't own an apartment. I don't own a car. I haven't gone to Everest yet. All my savings have been going toward my dream, which is going to Titanic." Rojas will join an elite group of only a few people who have traveled to the Titanic. No dive team has visited the site in the past 12 years.

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Tour the Titanic

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 02:05