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Youngest Titanic wreck voyager recounts frightening dive experience: ‘Fell unconscious’

Ever since oceanographer Robert Ballard discovered the doomed ship 400 miles off St. John, New Jersey in 1985, the world has been fascinated by the idea of ​​exploring the wreckage of the Titanic.

Such a mission is famously represented in the 1997 fictional expedition of Brock Lovett (played by the late Bill Paxton) in James Cameron’s film Titanic, in which Lovett is played by shipwreck survivor Rose DeWitt. I suggested to Bukatar a trip to the shipwreck. An unmanned submarine dives into the ship, records video, and retrieves mementos from the ship.

The April 14, 1912 sinking made headlines again last week following the deaths involving the submarine Oceangate Titan, which was carrying wealthy adventure-seekers on board.

Sebastian Harris, the youngest explorer to visit the wreck, describes his harrowing experience on a previous voyage when he accompanied his father and Russian explorers to the deep Atlantic Ocean in 2005 FOX News told to

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This file image provided by OceanGate shows the Titan submarine anchored in the Bahamas. (Ocean Gate Expedition)

Sebastian was 13 when he visited the wreck with his father, expedition leader G. Michael Harris, and Mir II submarine designer Anatoly Sagarevich.

“While we got there [the] I spent some time setting up plates to see how deep it would flow past the bow. And right after that, you know, for all I know, I essentially fell asleep,” Sebastian told The Story on Monday, as his father tried to wake him up. added.

“It turned out that the oxygen level was 17%. [in the submersible]. So what happens? you lose consciousness. They realized what the problem was, increased the oxygen again and in the end everything was fine,” he said.

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Old Harris recalled his shock when he first believed his son had fallen asleep the moment he stepped onto the deck of the Titanic, telling host Martha McCallum when his son appeared to be asleep when he and Saagarevich said he was piloting Mir, but soon realized it wasn’t. moving.

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ANKARA, TURKIYE – JUNE 19: Infographic titled “Tourist Submarine of Titanic Missing” created on June 19, 2023 in Ankara, Turkiye. (Yassine Demirsi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“So I looked up and saw it was at 17%. Then I reached out and opened the O2 bottle and Anatoly turned around and said, ‘What are you doing? — and I said, “I fainted” — and literally within 10 seconds Anatoly reached out and cranked the bottle open. As if someone had flipped a switch, Sebastian was back to normal. ‘Oh, this is so cool’. “

Sebastian’s father said the episode illustrates the extremely dangerous environment that explorers must consider when attempting to explore the Titanic wreck.

He told McCallum that the water pressure at that depth was 6,000 psi. The average car tire is inflated to about 40 psi. We calculated that this meant that the submarine’s torn hull would be crushed within 2 nanoseconds.

“The good news is that it takes 4 milli-nanoseconds for the spine to recognize that there’s something wrong with the brain,” he said, adding that the crew of the doomed submarine Ocean Gate “literally blinked and told themselves I had no idea what happened,” he suggested.

“But what this tells us is that this is not a vehicle testing environment. There are test facilities there and certification companies.”

James Cameron (Getty Images)

Director James Cameron, himself a submersible designer, agreed, telling ABC News last week: Sabu’s tragic story It’s eerily similar to what happened with the wreck of the Titanic in 1912.

“A lot of people in the community were very concerned about this submarine,” Cameron said in an interview. He said that “many of the top companies” in the community “have written letters to companies saying what they are doing is too experimental to carry passengers.”

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“I was struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself. Despite being repeatedly warned of ice ahead of the ship, the captain plunged full speed into the ice field on a moonless night, Many people died as a result.” Cameron told the outlet.

“And with all the diving going on around the world, I think it’s just amazing that a very similar tragedy, where warnings were ignored, happened in exactly the same place. Really surreal. is,” he added.

As a participant in the voyage, Elder Harris said it was difficult to avoid sounding like a “denier” when he questioned the survival of the Ocean Gate crew early in the timeline.

“You shouldn’t pay to put passengers in an experimental vehicle that hasn’t been certified or tested,” he said.

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“Mir I and II” [have taken] 500+ dives: Great, great ride. “

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