“Titanic” director and renowned deep-sea explorer James Cameron says many warnings about the safety of tourist submersibles have been ignored. Five dead as implosion near famous shipwreck.
Cameron said the submarine had drawn widespread attention from the close-knit ocean exploration community, drawing comparisons to the sinking of an ocean liner in 1912 that killed some 1,500 people.
“I’m struck by the parallels with the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned of ice ahead of his ship, but instead he sailed at full speed into the ice on a moonless night, killing many as a result,” Kame said. Len told ABC News.
“For a very similar tragedy, where warnings were ignored, in the same location, with diving going on all over the world, I think it’s really shocking.
“It’s really surreal.”
The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed on Thursday that the small submarine operated by OceanGate Expeditions had a “catastrophic implosion” in the depths of the ocean, ending a high-profile multinational search and rescue operation.
Cameron, who in 2012 became the first person to dive solo into the deepest part of the ocean in a submersible he designed and built, said the risk of a submarine exploding under pressure was always “priority”. Engineer’s mind.
Since moving into deep exploration, “it’s the nightmare we’ve all had,” he said, pointing to the industry’s stellar safety record in recent decades.
But “a lot of people in the community are very concerned about this sub,” he said.
“Some of the top players in the deep dive engineering world even wrote to the company saying what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers and needed to be certified.”
The Hollywood director added that he personally knew one of the missing diver passengers, French marine explorer Paul Henri “PH” Narjolais.
“It’s a very small community. I’ve known Harapan for 25 years. It’s almost unacceptable to me that he passed away tragically in this way.”
Cameron has made several visits to the wreck of the Titanic since his 1997 epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Tied for a record 11 Academy Awards.
“I know the wreck site very well … I actually calculated that I had spent more time on the ship than the captain had at the time,” he said.
Cameron also directed the underwater disaster film “The Abyss” and several deep-sea documentaries.