A father and son who had the chance to go aboard the doomed Titan submarine that imploded close to the wreck of the Titanic have shared their “red flags”, which stopped them from going.
Jay Bloom and his son Sean, 20, spoke to CNN to share what it was that put them off going aboard the $250,000 ( around £197,000) per-seat deep sea venture.
Speaking to the channel, Sean said: “Before the news initially broke and we were thinking about going on the submarine ourselves, one of the safety concerns I had before getting on was literally about the structural integrity of the submarine.
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“Before we got on I saw a video of [recently deceased OceanGate chief] Stockton [Rush] explaining how the submarine worked with the remote and everything and I saw a lot of red flags with it and it was only meant for five people.
“I just didn’t think it could survive going that low in the ocean so ultimately I ended up warning my dad about it and he ended up agreeing with me.”
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Chillingly when Sean tried to ask Stockton questions he claims the owner "kind of brush(ed) it off a bit".
Jay then added: “I think his [Stockton’s] heart was in the right place and he was passionate about his project and believed everything he was saying. But one of the things that concerned me was he told me he was flying in to see me and said he was flying in at North Las Vegas Airport, which is an odd selection.
“Most people that come privately come in either at McCarran [International] – which is now Harry Reid International – or they come into Henderson Executive.
“I asked him why and he said he was a two-seater experimental plane that he built.”
He added that this made him release that Stockton had a “different risk appetite than I do – I’m a pilot, I have my helicopter licence and I wouldn’t get into an experimental aircraft.”
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