The CEO of OceanGate is in the submersible of his company that was going to the Titanic: what he said before about the security of the expedition

Stockton Rushthe CEO of the missing tourist submersible company with five people on board, spoke in several interviews about his fears regarding the trip, although he always insisted that his mission was safe.

“This is really focused on one thing, which is the pressure vessel and making sure that that component, which is clearly the most critical component of the submarine, is safe and capable of handling depths of up to 4,000 meters repeatedly with people on board.” said about the submersible Titan in an interview to Reuters in 2017.

Rushwho runs the company Ocean Gate Expeditionsis part of a crew of five people, who disappeared during an expedition to the shipwreck of the titanic.

In the same 2017 interview, Rush had assured that his company’s was not “a tourist operation”, despite the fact that passengers – whom the company calls “mission specialists” – pay up to $250,000 to participate in the expeditions.

“We have a number of nautical archaeologists and deep-sea marine biologists, as well as our own crew, going. There are five people that can go on each dive. Three of them are what we call mission specialists. They are the people who help finance the mission, but they are also active participants,” he explained. “We don’t like the term ‘tourist’ because they are crew members. We teach them to handle sonar, communication systems, photography and a few other things. And when they’re not diving, they’re on the surface and help collect the previous data, prepare things like batteries for the next mission, supplies and things like that. So they are part of the crew,” she said.

Rush during the 2017 interview

On the last expedition, the British businessman Hamish Hardingan adventurer who holds three Guinness records, shahzada dawood and his son sulemanmembers of one of the best-known families of Pakistan.

Paul Henri Nargeolet, French diver known as “Mr. Titanic”, was also in the Titan. It is believed that she may have been acting as a guide.

The crew set sail around 4am Sunday, but lost communication with the mother ship just an hour and 45 minutes later.

“Security is nothing but waste”

In another interview last year, Rush repeatedly stated that the explorers would be safe and had the oxygen they needed to survive, but he also did not seem to be unaware of the risks that it entailed.

“There is a limit. There comes a time when security is nothing more than waste. If you just want to be safe, don’t get out of bed,” he said.

“Don’t get in your car. Do not do anything. At some point, you’re going to take some risk, and it really is a risk/reward thing. I think I can just as safely do it by breaking the rules,” Rush told CBS News.

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When asked what, if anything, worried him the most, He mentioned the impossibility of returning to the surface.

What worries me most are the things that prevent me from returning to the surface“, said.

“Overhangs, fishing nets, entanglement hazards. And that’s just one technique, the piloting technique. It is very clear: if there is a ledge, do not go under it. If there is a net, stay away from it. So you can avoid them if you go slow and easy.”

He also talked about how simplistic the design and technology needed to be to get them underwater, including using a white controller similar to a video game console to direct the operation.

“We manage everything with this command”, said. “It should be like an elevator, it shouldn’t require much skill.”

Stockton Rush shows the controls of the ship
Stockton Rush shows off the controls of the Titan submersible

Despite all his worries, including the crushing weight of the water pressure, he seemed certain it would work.

I don’t think it’s very dangerous. If you look at submersible activity over the last three decades, there hasn’t even been a major injury, let alone a fatality,’ Rush said.’

“What worries us is not being underwater. What worries me is when I’m taking you there, when you’re on the ship in icy states with big doors that can crush your hands and people who may not have the best balance falling off hit their heads. That is, to me, the dangerous part,” she added.

According to the website of Ocean Gate, the submarine can last up to 96 hours underwater with five people consuming oxygen. But after more than 40 hours of rescue mission, it has still not been found.

David Concannon, an adviser to OceanGate, said Monday authorities were working to bring a remotely operated vehicle to the site as soon as possible that can reach a depth of 4 miles.

Who is Stockton Rush?


Stockton Rush is the CEO of OceanGate Inc, which he founded in 2009. He is also a co-founder and member of the Board of Trustees of the OceanGate Foundation since 2012.

According to the company’s website: “Rush oversees OceanGate’s engineering and financial strategies and provides clear vision for the development of 4,000 meter and 6,000 meter capable manned submersibles and their associated launch and recovery platforms that make OceanGate Inc into the leading provider of manned submersibles for charter and scientific research.”

“OceanGate has successfully completed more than 14 expeditions and more than 200 dives in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico,” according to the website.


At 19, Rush became the world’s youngest jet transport pilot after earning his DC-8 type/captain rating from the United Airlines Jet Training Institute in 1981.

Is Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley University.

When and where did the Titan disappear?

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The ship submerged Sunday morning and its support vessel lost contact with it in about an hour and 45 minutes together, according to the Coast Guard.

Its loss was declared about 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of St. Johns, in Newfoundlandaccording to the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax, New Scotland. It was in that remote region that the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank in 1912 during her maiden voyage.

The Titan was leaving from an icebreaker hired by Ocean Gate which had previously been used by the Canadian Coast Guard. The ship carries dozens of people and the submersible to the site of the sinking in the North Atlantic, where the Titan often makes several dives.

The voyage was part of the third annual trip of Ocean Gate Expeditions to document the deterioration of the liner since 2021. The cruise ship is about 3.8 kilometers (2.4 miles) deep.

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