Titanic submarine “implosion” claimed the lives of Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman (19), OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, French Navy veteran Paul-Henri (PH) Nargeolet, and British billionaire Hamish Harding. The crew had gone missing after the Titanic submarine disappeared, leading to a tense search operation.
According to Suleman’s aunt, Azmeh Dawood, despite being terrified, he reluctantly agreed to the trip to satisfy his father’s deep fascination with the 1912 shipwreck.
“I am thinking of Suleman, who is 19, in there, just perhaps gasping for breath … It’s been crippling, to be honest,” she said for NBC News. “I feel like I’ve been caught in a really bad film, with a countdown, but you didn’t know what you’re counting down to.”
She added: “Personally found it kind of difficult to breathe thinking of them. It’s been unlike any experience I’ve ever had.” Azmeh Dawood openly confessed that not even a million dollars could have persuaded her to board the Titan submersible.
The cause of the implosion is currently under investigation, with initial findings pointing toward a sudden pressure shift. While the submersible was designed to endure up to 1,000 psi, it is suspected that internal pressure surpassed this threshold, leading to its implosion.
The Dawood family took to Twitter to release a statement, expressing: “It is with profound grief that we announce the passing of Shahzada and Suleman Dawood. Our beloved sons were aboard OceanGate’s Titan submersible that perished underwater. Please continue to keep the departed souls and our family in your prayers during this difficult period of mourning.”
The family expressed gratitude to the rescue teams and their loved ones for the unwavering support they received.
“The immense love and support we receive continues to help us to endure this unimaginable loss,” they said.
The untimely deaths of Shahzada and Suleman Dawood have left their loved ones devastated. These promising young men had vibrant futures ahead, making their loss even more tragic. Their passing serves as a stark reminder of the perils involved in underwater exploration.