All five people aboard the submersible, known as the “Titan,” were killed, the US Coast Guard said in a Thursday news conference.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report about the acoustic signature picked up by the Navy.
Minutes before the US Coast Guard news conference, OceanGate Expeditions, the company that operated the deep-sea submersible, issued a statement grieving the five men on board.
The news ends a saga that began Sunday when the Titan began its descent to explore the wreckage of the Titanic.
Earlier this week, there were moments that offered hope to the family and friends of the missing vessel.
A screengrab from a Canadian Armed Forces Operations video released on Wednesday shows search efforts for the OceanGate Titan submersible.
OceanGate Expeditions strayed from industry norms by declining a voluntary, rigorous safety review of the vessel, according to an industry leader. »