The Oscar-winning director of the movie ‘Titanic‘, James Cameron criticized the safety protocol of the Titan. He compared the tragic loss of the submersible to the very thing that may have led the Titanic into the deep waters. Cameron, who is himself a submersible designer and has had experience designing vessels that can dive to depths three times deeper than where the Titanic rest, called the construction of Titan “fundamentally flawed”.
Five people including OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his 19-year-old son, Suleman Dawood, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, a celebrated Titanic researcher and former commander in the French navy were on board when Titan took its final dive. Amidst the tragic loss, James Cameron compares his deepest ocean dive to the Titan accident.
James Cameron’s Near-Death Experience In A Titanic Submersible
The celebrated director, James Cameron once had a near-death experience in a Titanic submersible in 1995 while exploring the wreckage for his blockbuster movie about the shipwreck. According to the reports by Radio Canada in 1995, Cameron was on his third submersible dive along with Russian pilot Dr. Anatoly Sagalevich and a Russian engineer filing for Tittan when a sandstorm created by currents tailing from the Titanic’s shipwreck grounded their vessel on the ocean floor.
In the frigid temperatures and their battery losing power, the ‘Avatar‘ director said his crew attempted to abort the mission and travel upwards twice, before being pushed back down by the sea currents. He further told Radio Canada that after their third try and being stuck for a half-hour, they had been pushed far enough away from the sandstorm to safely make their way back up.
James Cameron Points Out Flaws in the Design of Titan
The experienced diving expert said he’d had concerns from the beginning about the vehicle’s hull composition and claims about its network of hull sensors. In an interview, James Cameron said, “There’ve never been fatalities at this kind of depth and certainly no implosions”. Further adding, “An implosion in the deep sea happens when the crushing pressures of the abyss cause a hollow object to collapse violently inward. If the object is big enough to hold five people it’s going to be an extremely violent event — like 10 cases of dynamite going off.”
James Cameron compared the submersible tragedy to the Titanic sinking. He told ABC News the striking similarities between the 1912 sinking of the British passenger cruise and the demise of the submersible designed specifically to visit what remains of the Titanic. “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 up full speed into an ice field on a moonless night”, he further added “And many people died as a result and for us very similar tragedy where warnings went unheeded to take place at the same exact site.”