In a heart-wrenching revelation, the wife of one of the victims has shared the haunting details of the final moments aboard the ill-fated Titan submersible. As it descended into the abyss, enveloped in total darkness, the passengers were likely seeking solace in the melodies of music. Little did they know that their journey would end in an unimaginable tragedy, as an implosion killed them.
The group embarked on a mission to witness the haunting remains of the Titanic, resting at a depth of approximately 12,500 feet, lying at the bottom of the sea.
Among the five who tragically lost their lives were British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, his 19-year-old son Suleman, and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush.
The discovery of debris from the vessel, located near the Titanic’s bow, occurred five days after their departure on June 18.
Christine, the wife of Shahzada and mother of Suleman, has now opened up about the preparations made for the ill-fated journey. She told the New York Times that, during one of their briefings, the group was warned they would be descending in utter darkness because the Titan’s headlights would be turned off to save battery for when they made it to the wreck.
She shared that the passengers were prepared for the descent with music and the possibility of glimpsing bioluminescent creatures. So they likely spent their final moments listening to their favorite songs in darkness and watching sea creatures in the deep.
The submersible’s wreckage was seen for the first time in pictures after the Coast Guard announced that ROVs (remotely-operated vehicles) found its chambers in a sea of debris 1,600ft from the bow of the Titanic, roughly 12,000ft below the ocean surface.
Pelagic Research Services, the company that operated the Titan, said that its team had successfully completed off-shore operations and was now in the process of demobilization after 10 days of work.
Photos from the wreckage show what appear to be several pieces of the Titan being lifted from the ship, including the nose cone with its distinctive circular window. The pieces were unloaded from the American ships Sycamore and Horizon Arctic at a port in St John’s, Newfoundland.