Filmmaker James Cameron, known for directing the blockbuster movie “Titanic,” has finally shared his thoughts on the recent submarine implosion near the Titanic wreck. In an interview with ABC News, Cameron drew a chilling parallel between the recent tragedy and the fateful sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
He remarked: “I’m struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned about ice ahead of his ship and yet he steamed at full speed into an ice field on a moonless night and many people died as a result.”
This marks the first time Cameron has publicly spoken about the devastating incident, highlighting his passion for submersibles. The implosion of OceanGate‘s Titan sub claimed the lives of all five passengers on board, an event confirmed by OceanGate. Cameron further reflected on the tragedy, revealing his extensive experience exploring the Titanic wreck: “I’ve spent more time on the ship than the captain did back in the day.”
Cameron also shed light on the concerns raised by experts in the deep submergence engineering community regarding the safety of the expedition. He stated, “Some of the top players in the deep submergence engineer community even wrote letters to the company saying that what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers and it needed to be certified and so on.”
Cameron sees eerie similarities between tragedies
Expressing his disbelief, Cameron remarked: “It’s a very similar tragedy where warnings went unheeded – to take place at the same exact site with all the diving that’s going on all around the world, I just think it’s astonishing. It’s really quite surreal.” He also mourned the loss of Paul-Henri Nargeolet, a legendary sub dive pilot and a close friend of his, whose tragic death in the incident he found almost impossible to process.
The devastating implosion claimed the lives of OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, French Navy veteran Paul-Henri (PH) Nargeolet, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his young son Suleman. Rear Admiral John Mauger of the US Coast Guard explained that the implosion would have generated a significant sound detectable by sonar buoys, leaving little hope for recovering their remains.