October 3, 2023

(NewsNation) — The passengers on board the Titan submersible reportedly spent their closing moments “absorbed in darkness” listening to music.

The New York Occasions launched a report detailing how the divers ready for the expedition to tour the Titanic wreckage. Christine Dawood shared what she knew with the Occasions. The final time she noticed her husband Shahzada and son Suleman was on Father’s Day. She watched them from a assist ship as they climbed into the 22-foot submersible.

In line with Coast Guard officers, the Titan misplaced contact about an hour and 45 minutes later.

“I used to be additionally looking on the ocean, in case I may perhaps see them surfacing,” Christine informed the Occasions. 4 days later, officers introduced that the submersible had imploded and all 5 folks on board have been useless.

Killed within the implosion have been OceanGate CEO and pilot Stockton Rush; two members of a distinguished Pakistani household, Shahzada and Suleman; British adventurer Hamish Harding; and Titanic knowledgeable Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

On June 18, the divers needed to be on deck by 5 a.m., based on the Occasions.

“It was like a well-oiled operation — you might see they’d achieved this earlier than many occasions,” Christine informed the Occasions.

Rush reportedly informed everybody to have a “low-residue food regimen” the day earlier than the journey, and occasional wasn’t beneficial. Passengers have been additionally inspired to put on thick socks and produce a beanie, based on the Occasions.

“Mr. Rush would ask, please load a few of your favourite songs into your cellphone to share with others to play on a Bluetooth speaker. However please, he would add: No nation music,” Christine informed the Occasions.

Passengers additionally wore OceanGate flight fits, waterproof trousers, an orange waterproof jacket, steel-toed boots, life vests and helmets.

The Titan sometimes descended about one mile per hour, based on the Occasions, and there was “no sense of movement.”

OceanGate Expeditions, the corporate that owned and operated the Titan, relies within the U.S. however the submersible was registered within the Bahamas. OceanGate relies in Everett, Washington, however closed when the Titan was discovered. In the meantime, the Titan’s mom ship, the Polar Prince, was from Canada, and people killed have been from England, Pakistan, France and the U.S.

The operator charged passengers $250,000 every to take part within the voyage. The implosion of the Titan has raised questions concerning the security of personal undersea exploration operations. The Coast Guard additionally needs to make use of the investigation to enhance security of submersibles.

The Related Press contributed to this report.