On the night the Titanic sank, the recorded water temperature in the North Atlantic was registered at 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperatures between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit cause hypothermia, reducing body temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Hypothermia results in death within 30 to 90 minutes.
Many passengers died from hypothermia when the Titanic sank. They were forced to jump into the water due to the lack of lifeboats. The Titanic carried less than half the lifeboats required to save everyone on the ship. One thousand five hundred passengers and crew died the night the Titanic sank. The sinking was caused by a collision with an iceberg.