OceanGate chief executive Stockton Rush has been accused of aggressively seeking out wealthy clients for his expensive Titanic deep-sea diving trips. Industry expert Patrick Lahey, president of Triton Submarines, described Rush’s approach as “predatory” and emphasized his ability to persuade those aware of the risks involved.
French Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet was one of those whom Rush persuaded to die tragically along with Rush and three other passengers when the Titanic suffered a catastrophic implosion .
Leahy’s warnings and concerns ignored
Patrick Leahy, who knows Najolai well, revealed he had been warned against taking the unfortunate dive. Leahy expressed candid concerns about the operation and its lack of safety precautions. He even described Rush’s pursuit as predatory, emphasizing how he was able to convince individuals despite the known risks. Leahy regrets the fact that Najolais ended up in tragedy, believing he may have thought he could have helped avert it.
Leahy warns Najolet that participating in the Ocean Gate expedition will inadvertently endorse and legitimize the operation.
Rush eliminates security concerns
Leahy had previously warned Nagiole about Rush’s disregard for safety concerns. Rush dismissed the warnings about the Titan, calling it a “monster” built from outdated and unpredictable parts. OceanGate consultant Rob McCallum also raised concerns about the lack of certification for the submersibles, claiming it put passengers’ lives at risk. However, Rush dismissed those concerns, labeling them baseless shouting and personal insults.
Echoes of worry and tragic results
Leahy revealed that he had received messages from others warning against joining the Ocean Gate expedition and thanked him for his cautionary advice.
The submersible’s devastating fate claimed the lives of Stockton Rush, British explorer Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Daoud and his son Surman, confirms Leahy and concerns expressed by others.