‘Twas arrogance, pure and simple, that destroyed the Titan submersible on June 18.
The arrogance of owner OceanGate Expeditions. The arrogance of designer Stockton Rush. Their arrogance in thinking they knew more about designing and building submersibles than the third-party organizations whose expertise and certification was offered but spurned.
The fateful voyage was Titan‘s third to the wreck of the Titanic since 2021. Wealthy thrill-seekers paid $250,000 each to ride to a depth of almost 13,000 feet. And there were four of them aboard with Rush, OceanGate’s founder and CEO, when the Titan imploded.
Killed instantly were British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, his 19-year-old son Suleman, and Rush.
A number of organizations are investigating the loss of the Titan. And no doubt with an eye to coming lawsuits, a number of other organizations are distancing themselves from any involvement or responsibility.
But why the submersible imploded, instantly killing everyone aboard, is hardly a mystery. ‘Twas arrogance sank the sub.
Featured image: OceanGate Expeditions/PA