Nine of Titanic's lifeboats have been launched and there is no rescue ship is in sight. Even though Carpathia has responded, she is still 3 hours away from Titanic's location. The fact that the unsinkable ship is actually sinking has become apparent to everyone, and the horrible reality of the situation begins to set in. Titanic will disappear beneath their feet before help arrives. To the people aboard, the evacuation of Titanic is no longer a precautionary measure, it is now a life or death situation.