James Cameron has said that the Titan five were likely ‘conscious’ of the crack in submarine and that there would have been a stark ‘warning’ before the implosion took place.
Titanic director and submersible expert James, 68, said he predicted Titan’s implosion days before the debris from the missing submersible were found and said that the families of the five passengers on-board have been given ‘false hope’ for days on end.
Cameron – who has visited the Titanic’s shipwreck over 30 times – also suggested that the five passengers on-board would likely have tried to get back to the surface before the implosion took their lives.
Speaking to ABC News, Cameron said: “This Oceangate sub had sensors on the inside of the hull to give them a warning when it was starting to crack.”
“I think, if that’s your idea of safety, then you’re doing it wrong. They probably had warning that their hull was starting to delaminate and starting to crack.”
“We understand from inside the community that they had dropped their descent weights and they were coming up to surface to try and manage the emergency.”
After a five day search for the Titan after it went missing on Sunday, the US Coast Guard announced yesterday that the five passengers on board were killed instantly when the submersible suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’ just 1,600ft from the bow of the wrecked ocean liner.
The search operation took a bleak turn when the US Coast Guard said a debris field was found at the bottom of the ocean near the Titanic.
A devastating announcement came after the critical 96-hour mark when breathable air could have run out.
A submarine from a Canadian ship found the debris from the OceanGate vessel on the ocean floor, which soon led to the company confirming that they believe the five men onboard had ‘sadly been lost’.
OceanGate released a statement which read: “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.”
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