Tragedy Strikes: Five Lives Lost in Titanic Submersible Rescue
The highly anticipated expedition to visit the remains of the Titanic took a devastating turn when the submersible Titan imploded, tragically claiming the lives of all five occupants. Among the victims were a British billionaire, an entrepreneur and his son, and even the president of the company that organized the expeditions, Stockton Rush.
Adventurous Billionaire’s Ill-Fated Mission
British billionaire, Malish Harding, 58, made a public announcement on his social media platforms that he was embarking on an expedition to the Titanic with OceanGate Expeditions. Due to the harsh winter conditions in Newfoundland, which were reported as being the worst in 40 years, Harding acknowledged that this would likely be the first and final expedition of the year to the sunken ship.
A Connoisseur of Luxurious Experiences
This was not Harding’s first endeavor of thrill-seeking. Last year, he joined Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin mission, an extravagant 10-minute space ride that labeled him as one of the six astronauts on this exclusive expedition.
In 2016, Harding, who currently serves as the president of private jet company, Action Aviation, accompanied astronaut Buzz Aldrin on a journey to the South Pole. Furthermore, the British magnate boasts several Guinness World Records. The UK Foreign Office is in contact with Harding’s family and ready to provide any necessary assistance, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.
A Wealthy Pakistani Entrepreneur and His Son
Another identity that has recently been revealed is that of Pakistani businessman, Shahzada Dawood, 48, who currently serves as the vice president of Engro Corporation. Dawood resides in the United Kingdom with his family and sponsors the SETI Institute, which explores and seeks to understand the origins of the universe, with its headquarters in California. Dawood was accompanied by his 19-year-old son, Suleman. The Dawood family confirmed their presence inside the ill-fated submarine through an official statement.
The fourth passenger and pilot inside OceanGate’s submersible was explorer Paul-Henry Nargeolet, famously known as «Mr. Titanic.» Nargeolet had extensively studied the Titanic before embarking on this fateful journey.
The fifth and final casualty is Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate. Rush’s wife, Wendy, is the great-granddaughter of a wealthy couple who perished on the Titanic.