“Mr. Titanic”: who is the French pilot who is reported missing in the Titan submarine

Paul-Henri Nargeolet. Credit: Getty

While the search for the titan submarinethe OceanGate company submarine that disappeared on a sightseeing trip to see the wreckage of the Titanicthey began to meet crew names on board.

One of those mentioned as missing is the pilot of the submarine, the French Paul-Henri Nargeoletknown as “Mr. Titanic”although there has been no official list from the OceanGate company of who is on board.

After a career in the French Navy, Nargeolet devoted himself to studying the famous shipwreck. In France he is considered a key witness to his evolution over the past 35 years.

Nargeolet led several expeditions to the Titanic and oversaw the recovery of a large number of artifacts from the wreck, according to Experiential Media Groupwhere the Frenchman served as underwater research director.

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Nargeolet led several expeditions to the Titanic and oversaw the recovery of a large number of artifacts from the wreck. Credit: Getty

The 73-year-old pilot had warned of the dangers of underwater exploration years before disappearing in the submersible, according to information from skynews.

“If you are 11 meters or 11 kilometers deep, if something bad happens, the result is the same,” the diver told the Irish outlet. Irish Examiner in 2019.

When you’re in very deep water, you’re dead before you know something’s wrong.So it’s not a problem,” he added.

Nargeolet published a book in April 2022 titled “In the depths of the Titanic”.


“On behalf of the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), Paul Henri Nargeolet, commander of the French Navy, became director of underwater research for future expeditions to the wreck. From 1987 to 2021, he spent hundreds of hours diving for the liner’s latest secrets. Over 5,500 objects surfaced under his supervision: Hull parts, jewelry, champagne bottles, fabrics, luggage… all of them witnesses of the best hours of the ship and its tragic fate. Through the fabulous account of his expeditions, Paul Henri Nargeolet brings to life the story of the Titanic, its passengers and its crew, offering a unique perspective on this maritime disaster that fueled so many fantasies ”, reads the official description of the book. .

The US and Canada are conducting an extensive operation to find the submarine

The Coast Guard of USA started this monday extensive operation search with the help of Canada to locate a tourist submarine that disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean with five people on board to see the remains of the Titanic, the famous ocean liner that sunk more than a century ago.

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Rescue efforts are focused on an area located approximately 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) from Cape Cod in Massachusetts (https://oceangate.com/)

Rescue efforts are focused on an area approximately 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) from Massachusetts Cape Cod, where it is presumed that the submarine could be found, John Mauger, commander of the Coast Guard from United States.

The submersible could be found both on the surface and under the ocean, at a depth of up to 13,000 feet (about 4,000 meters).

“It is a challenge to conduct a search in such a remote area, but we are deploying all available resources to locate the submarine and rescue the people on board,” Mauger explained.

The operating company of these submarine trips, Ocean Gate Expeditionsreported on Sunday to the authorities the disappearance of the device with five people on board, the pilot and four passengers.

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According to the company itself, the boat has enough provisions for the crew to survive inside for four days.

Teams from the United States and Canada are participating in the rescue operation, using some of their most advanced aircraft.

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