The families of the five men on the Titan submersible were informed their loved ones had died five days ago despite the US Coast Guard continuing its search in the hopes of finding them alive, in a “shocking and devastating revelation”.
Hammad Hassan, 28, knew Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, who died on the sub along with four other people, including his 19-year-old son Suleman, close to the famous Titanic wreck.
Hammad revealed that he was informed about the frightful tragedy two days ago by the wealthy businessman’s cousin. However, the US Coast Guard’s announcement on Thursday (June 22) by officials revealed that the five crew members onboard were likely killed instantly due to a “catastrophic implosion” two miles below the surface in the Atlantic Ocean as it lowered to the famous Titanic wreckage.
This announcement came after search crews confirmed identified debris from the Titan almost 1,600 feet from the Titanic’s bow.
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The US Coast Guard (USCG) announced that the search for the five men onboard was still active after “a landing frame and rear cover from the submersible” had been discovered, The Mirror reports.
The Titan’s expedition set off from St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada on Sunday (June 18). However, they lost contact with its mothership Polar Prince after one hour and 45 minutes after the mission began.
Hammad told Daily Express US: “The news of the tragedy came to me two days ago through Shahzada’s cousin and my partner in Lean in Pakistan, Tara Uzma Dawood. It was a shocking and devastating revelation.”
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Among the other passengers onboard the Titan submersible included other wealthy individuals including British billionaire Hamish Harding, OceanGate’s CEO and co-founder Stockton Rush and Frenchman Paul Henri-Nargeolet.
Hammad added: “The loss of Shahzada and Suleman has left me profoundly saddened. They were both remarkable individuals who made a positive difference in the world.
“I’ve been in touch with Tara Dawood and Ayesha Dawood during these past two days, and the entire family is grappling with an immense sense of loss. It’s a devastating blow to the Dawood family, and they have left an irreplaceable void in this world.”
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Hammad first met Shahzada in Pakistan and he confirmed that the pair had last spoken in April earlier this year.
Young student Suleman was “terrified” about the worrying trip deep into the North Atlantic Ocean and was reluctant to go on the mission.
Suleman’s aunt Azmeh Dawood, also agreed that her nephew was “very, very not into doing it” and only proceeded as the mission took place on Father’s Day weekend.
“With profound sorrow, we mourn the tragic loss of Shahzada and his beloved son, Suleman, who had embarked on a journey to visit the remnants of the legendary Titanic in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean,” a statement on behalf of the Dawoods read.
“In this unfathomable tragedy, we try to find solace in the enduring legacy of humility and humanity that they have left behind and find comfort in the belief that they passed on to the next leg of their spiritual journey hand-in-hand, father and son.
The father and son were “each other’s greatest supporters” and made the most of a passion shared by both for adventure and exploration across the world.
The statement continued: “By being as they were with one another, they embodied valuable lessons on the pursuit of knowledge, exploration of the unknown, and bonds of familial friendship. Family values are a guiding beacon for the Dawood family, and Shahzada always strived to emulate these, teaching his children to do the same.”
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