A close friend of Oceangate CEO Stockton Rush, who died last month when the Titan submersible exploded while on his way to the Titanic remains, has claimed Mr Rush knew the voyages would “end in disaster” but continued to develop a “mousetrap”. for billionaires”, according to a report sky News,
Carl Stanley, in an interview with 60 minutes australia, said that he had told his friend that the carbon fiber and titanium craft was dangerous. He told the outlet, “He definitely knew it was going to end like this. He literally and figuratively went out with the biggest bang you could go out with. He was the last person to kill two billionaires at the same time and make them pay for the privilege.”
Mr. Stanley said, “I think Stockton was designing mousetraps for billionaires.”
Mr. Stanley also shared his experience doing a test dive with Mr. Rush in the Bahamas in 2019. He said he had “no doubt” in his mind and believed “it was the carbon fiber tube that was the mechanical part that failed” that caused the Titan to explode. In four minutes there were loud sounds like gunshots. It’s a strange sound to hear when you’re so far down in the ocean.”
According to Mr Stanley, he expressed his concern about the “breakdown” of the ship’s carbon fiber hull to his friend, and told him in a series of furious calls and emails that “it will get worse”. During the interview he said, “I literally painted a picture of his damaged sub below, and even that’s not enough. He was risking his own and his customers’ lives to go down in history.”
A few weeks ago, experts recovered presumed human remains from the remains of the Titan sub, according to the US Coast Guard. The damaged wreckage recovered from the small submarine was towed off to eastern Canada, ending an arduous search and recovery operation. A debris field was also found on the ocean floor 1,600 feet from the Titanic’s bow, more than two miles (about four kilometers) below the ocean’s surface and 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.
British explorer Hamish Harding, French submarine expert Paul-Henri Nargiolet, Pakistani-British tycoon Shahzada Dawood and his son Sulaiman and Stockton Rush, CEO of sub operator Oceangate Expeditions, were killed in the tragic accident.