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Titanic sub CEO said it’s ‘safer than crossing street’ while trying to sell trip
June 23, 2023
A billionaire tycoon has revealed that the boss of the Titanic submarine that tragically imploded, killing five people including himself, tried to sell him discounted tickets and claimed that a trip was “safer than crossing the street.”
Tycoon Jay Bloom shared texts from OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush that showed he offered him and his son two tickets at the “last minute price” of £120,000 each, a major discount from the normal £195,000 cost per seat.
Bloom said he was hesitant to buy the tickets because of safety concerns, saying: "I expressed safety concerns and Stockton told me, 'While there's obviously risk – it's way safer than flying in a helicopter or even scuba diving'.
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"He was absolutely convinced that it was safer than crossing the street.
"I am sure he really believed what he was saying. But he was very wrong. He passionately believed in what he was doing,”the Sun reportedhim saying.
The billionaire and his son were asked to go on the submarine in May, just weeks before the Titan sub suffered a “catastrophic implosion” that killed all five people onboard.
The submarine was filled with British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, his 19-year-old son Suleman, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Frenchman Paul-Henri Nargeolet and the CEO of the company that ran the tours.
A statement from OceanGate, the company that ran the submarine tours, said: "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."
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There had been deep safety concerns with the company and the vessel for a long time.
Those who wanted to go on the dodgy vessel had to sign a waiver confirming that they knew they were going to be boarding an “experimental” vessel “that has not been approved or certified by any regulatory body, and could result in physical injury, disability, emotional trauma or death."
On top of this, a TV producer who boarded the Titan just one year ago claimed that the waiver mentioned death three times on the first page.
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