James Cameron Criticized OceanGate CEO for Submersible Tragedy
June 22, 2023
LOS ANGELES - The "Titanic" director James Cameron was critical of the OceanGate CEO after the tragedy involving the implosion of the Titan submersible which had lost contact with its mother ship last week, according to TMZ.
Cameron shared his opinion ABC Thursday regarding the incident on the submersible's deadly implosion, which killed all 5 people onboard. The United States Coast Guard announced Thursday that its remote-operated vehicles had discovered debris belonging to the Titan about 1,600 feet from the bow of the Titanic wreckage. Within that debris field, there was five major pieces of debris discovered that seemed to indicate that the vessel had imploded.
"I'm struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned about ice ahead of his ship and yet he steamed at full speed into an ice field,” Cameron said.
James blamed the tragedy on OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush who piloted the Titan submersible on the ill-fated mission.
Some experts are critical of OceanGate and Stockton for exploring 2.5 miles below the surface in a tiny submersible made of composite material instead of titanium and steel alloys as is common practice with such submersibles.
Submersibles are deep sea vessels that travel to deep ocean depths that need a mother ship to house them and transport them to their locations.
Cameron is known for the "Titanic" film as well as for taking submersibles 33 times to see the Titanic shipwreck up close.