Cousins! OceanGate Inc. has issued a direct statement following the disappearance of the Titan vessel, as they declare that the five people aboard are believed to be dead!
Within a forwarded statement the expedition company refers to the five gentlemen as being true explorers with a deep passion for protecting the world’s oceans. They continue by saying that the onboard passengers have, “sadly been lost.”
“We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost. These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans. Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time. We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.”
The statment continues,” This is an extremely sad time for our dedicated employees who are
exhausted and grieving deeply over this loss. The entire OceanGate family is deeply grateful for the countless men and women from multiple organizations of the international community who expedited wide-ranging
resources and have worked so very hard on this mission.”
“We appreciate their commitment to finding these five explorers, and their
days and nights of tireless work in support of our crew and their families. This is a very sad time for the entire explorer community, and for each of the family members of those lost at sea.
We respectfully ask that the privacy of these families be respected during this most painful time.”
OceanGate’s announcement comes hours after the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed they had discovered a debris field near the Titanic ship wreckage. According to reports from the Guardian, a total of five pieces of debris had been located, all belonging to the Titan Sub.
Undersea expert Paul Hanken says, “The initial thing we found was the nose cone… then we found a large debris field. Within that large debris field, we found the front end bell of the pressure hull. That was the first indication that there was a catastrophic event.
He adds, “Shortly after, we found a second smaller debris field within that debris field. We found the other end of the press hull that…basically comprised of the totality of that pressure chamber…”
Commander of the Coast Guard District explains that there “doesn’t appear to be any connection” between the underwater noises detected on Tuesday as the rescue team searched the ocean floor. As we previously reported there were sounds described as loud banging heard by the Titanic shipwreck on June 20th.
He says that there was a “catastrophic implosion” of the vessel which would have ultimately “generated a… sound down there that the sonar buoys would have picked up.”
Onboard the currently missing Titan sub are a father and son named Shahzada and Sulaiman Dawood alongside world explorer Hamidh Harding, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Stockton Rush.
Cousins, please keep the victims and their families in your prayers. Stick with us for further updates as this story is still developing.