Josh Gates, an explorer and nan big of “Expedition Unknown” and much shows connected nan Discovery Channel, revealed connected Twitter that he turned down a chance to sojourn nan wreckage of nan Titanic utilizing OceanGate’s now-missing Titan submersible. Gates was expected to movie connected nan submersible but decided against it aft discovering “safety concerns.”
“I had nan unsocial opportunity to dive successful nan OceanGate Titan sub pinch [company CEO] Stockton astatine nan helm successful mentation for its maiden ngo to Titanic,” Gates wrote. “I believe for a affirmative result to nan rescue efforts of those aboard, including chap ‘Explorers Club’ personnel Hamish Harding.”
Gates added, “To those asking, Titan did not execute good connected my dive. Ultimately, I walked distant from a immense opportunity to movie Titanic owed to my information concerns pinch nan OceanGate platform. There’s much to nan history and creation of Titan that has not been made nationalist – overmuch of it concerning.”
OceanGate’s Titan submersible is designed to return 5 group to a extent of 4,000 meters to sojourn nan wreckage of nan Titanic. The travel costs astir $250,000 per person. The building has an oxygen life support span of 96 hours (four days) for 5 people. Each round-trip travel to nan Titanic wreckage tin return up to 10 hours. Guests aboard nan missing submersible see British businessman Hamish Harding; British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old boy Suleman; erstwhile French Navy diver Paul-Henry Nargeolet; and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush.
“To those questioning why group would dive to Titanic: nan vessel has fascinated nan world since nan nighttime she sank,” Gates besides wrote connected Twitter. “It’s a clip capsule to different era of our history. It takes courageousness to make a travel for illustration this. Admiration and prayers for nan passengers aboard OceanGate Titan.”
The search area for nan missing truck-sized vessel is now 10,000 quadrate miles of water but rescue teams are still struggling to find nan sub. On Thursday morning, nan BBC reported that 10 other ships and a number of distant submarines are joining nan operation, which will efficaciously double nan hunt effort.