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The Sub Passengers Included CEO Of Expedition Company, Experienced Explorers And Pakistani Father And Son From Prominent Family

The sub passengers included ceo of expedition company, experienced explorers and pakistani father and son from prominent family. A billionaire father and son pair, a wealthy explorer, a diver with decades of experience, and the founder of the business organizing a submersible journey to study the Titanic are all assumed dead after debris from the sub was discovered on the sea floor.

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The sub-passengers included CEO of expedition company, experienced explorers and Pakistani father and son from prominent family.
A billionaire father and son pair, a wealthy explorer, a diver with decades of experience, and the founder of the business organizing a submersible journey to study the Titanic are all assumed dead after debris from the sub was discovered on the sea floor.
"The debris is consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber," US Coast Guard First District Commander Rear Adm. John Mauger told reporters Thursday.
The small vehicle, about the size of a minivan, had gone missing on Sunday after losing communication with its mothership on the surface around 1 hour and 45 minutes into its plunge to survey the Titanic ruins.
The suspected implosion produced two debris fields, but police did not disclose whether the submariners' remains were discovered or could be collected.
The following five people were on board:

Stockton Rush, CEO Of OceanGate

Stockton Rush earned a reputation as a nature enthusiast, adventurer, and visionary.
In 1984, he graduated from Princeton and began working for McDonnell Douglas Corp. as a flight test engineer on the F-15 aircraft. According to his company bio, he earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.
Stockton Rush inside the submersible
Stockton Rush inside the submersible
OceanGate was formed in 2009 by Rush with the stated goal of "increasing access to the deep ocean through innovation."
Rush, 61, looked wary, if not contemptuous, of regulations that might stifle innovation in his enthusiasm to explore.

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The commercial sub-industry is “obscenely safe,” he told Smithsonian Magazinein 2019, “because they have all these regulations. But it also hasn’t innovated or grown — because they have all these regulations.”
Rush stated that he feels that the water, rather than the sky, provides humanity with the best chance of survival if the Earth's surface becomes inhospitable.
In a 2019 interview with Smithsonian, he described his almost supernatural attraction to the deep water. He referred to it as "the deep disease."
I went to 75 feet. I saw cool stuff. I went 100 feet and saw more cool stuff. And I was like, ‘Wow, what’s it gonna be like at the end of this thing?'- Stockton Rush, CEO Of OceanGate

British Businessman Hamish Harding

Hamish Harding Harding, a British businessman located in the United Arab Emirates and a certified jet pilot, had an outstanding history of hazardous expeditions under his belt. He was the chairman of Action Aviation, which specialized in aircraft brokerage.
“To his team in Action Aviation, he was a guide, an inspiration, a support, and a Living Legend,” officials at the business said in a statement on behalf of his family. “He was one of a kind and we adored him.
He was a passionate explorer – whatever the terrain – who lived his life for his family, his business, and for the next adventure.”
In 2019, Harding made headlines for being a member of a flight crew that broke the Guinness record for the fastest tour of the globe via both poles.
In 2020, Harding became one of the first humans to dive to Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean, often regarded as the world's deepest point. He paid an undisclosed price for one of the seats on Blue Origin's space voyage last year.
He also took part in two record-breaking visits to the South Pole: in 2016, he accompanied astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who became the oldest person to reach the South Pole at the age of 66. In 2020, he returned with his son Giles, who, at the age of 12, became the youngest person to reach the location.
“Hamish is larger than life. He lives exploration,” explorer and filmmaker Jannicke Mikkelsen told CNN on Tuesday. “He is an explorer to the core of his soul.”
Harding was a founding member of The Explorers Club's board of trustees, a New York-based organization that has been involved in many of the world's most notable discoveries.
Harding posted on social media the day before the ship went missing, saying he was "proud to finally announce that I joined OceanGate Expeditions for their RMS TITANIC Mission as a mission specialist on the sub going down to the Titanic."

French Diver Paul-Henri “PH” Nargeolet

Paul-Henri "PH" Nargeolet, a French diver, had spent decades studying the Titanic. He was the director of underwater research for RMS Titanic Inc., the business with exclusive rights to salvage ship artifacts.
Nargeolet performed 35 dives into the Titanic wreck and oversaw the recovery of 5,000 artifacts, according to his biography on the company's website. According to the website, he served in the French Navy for 22 years, rising to the rank of commander.
His family released a statement calling him one of the greatest deep-sea explorers in history.
Paul-Henri Nargeolet captured in a close-up shot
Paul-Henri Nargeolet captured in a close-up shot
“But what we will remember him most for is his big heart, his incredible sense of humor, and how much he loved his family,” his wife and children said. “We will miss him today and every day for the rest of our lives.”
In a note to members, Richard Garriott de Cayeux, president of The Explorers Club, paid tribute to Nargeolet and Harding.
They were both drawn to explore, like so many of us, and did so in the name of meaningful science for the betterment of mankind. They pushed themselves in their entrepreneurial pursuits as they did in exploration.- Richard Garriott de Cayeux
A buddy of Nargeolet, Mathieu Johann, told CNN that the submariner was a "hero."
Johann, who spoke to CNN before the crew's fate was revealed, is a director at Harper Collins France and collaborated with Nargeolet on his Titanic book.
Johann described Nargeolet as someone who “risked his life all his life,” adding, “He knows that the slightest expedition represents a danger, but like all those people who are passionate about water and the sea, for them, it’s their daily life. … He’s a great professional. And he knows exactly what he’s doing. And he was always very reassuring about his expedition.”
When asked why he worked on the Titanic, Johann explained that Nargeolet "became attached to its history."
There were still mysteries to be unraveled. I know that his big thing is trying to find out what’s in the Titanic’s safe. I hope with all my heart that one day he’ll manage to penetrate that vault, which remains full of mystery 4,000 meters under the sea. It was still very enigmatic for him, and when I talk to Paul-Henri, I can still see his childlike eyes shining, because this legendary liner has also become his story.- Johann
Bill Blaesing, another adventurer, met Nargeolet in 2010 while traveling on the Titanic. Blaesing told Spectrum News Milwaukee on Wednesday that the Frenchman was "absolutely passionate" about excursions.
Nargeolet, according to Blaesing, was not pompous like some other explorers. "He’s a true gentleman explorer," he commented.

Pakistani Businessman And Son, Shahzada And Suleman Dawood

Suleman Dawood, Shahzada Dawood's son, came from a renowned Pakistani business family. Their company, Dawood Hercules Corp., is one of the largest in the country, with a portfolio that includes energy, petrochemicals, fertilizers, information technology, and food and agriculture.
Hussain Dawood, the family patriarch, runs the company. According to the corporation's website, Hussain's sons, Shahzada and Abdul Samad, managed various divisions, with Hussain's daughter, Sabrina Dawood, in charge of the charity arm of the business.
Hussain Dawood and his wife, Kulsum Dawood, wrote in a statement posted on The Dawood Foundation's Twitter account:
Please continue to keep the departed souls and our family in your prayers during this difficult period of mourning.- Hussain Dawood and Kulsum Dawood
“We are truly grateful to all those involved in the rescue operations. Their untiring efforts were a source of strength for us during this time,” the statement reads.
Bill Diamond, a friend of Shahzada Dawood, stated that he did not regard him as a sports adventurer. Diamond told CNN on Wednesday.
He doesn’t go on, you know, death-defying missions or, you know, riding motorcycles over cliffs or any of these sorts of things – parachuting, scuba diving – to the best of my knowledge. So I’ve never thought of him as a daredevil in any sense.- Diamond
Two men named Shahzada and Suleman Dawood standing in front of a sunrise
Two men named Shahzada and Suleman Dawood standing in front of a sunrise
Diamond characterized his friend as brilliant and insatiably curious, but he believes Dawood was aware of the dangers he was putting himself in.
Shahzada Dawood was also a trustee of the SETI Institute in California, as well as a number of other foundations.
“Shahzada was passionately curious and an enthusiastic supporter of the SETI Institute and our mission, being directly involved in philanthropic programs in education, research, and public outreach,” officials said. “He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially his fellow Trustees and the leadership of the SETI Institute.”
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