Over in Facebook, some people in my timeline have taken slight offense about some of the memes I posted about this event. I can have a bit of a dark sense of humor and they should not be surprised about it. But the deaths of these people were a tragedy that could have been avoided and I believe J.Kb. may post something about it from the engineering standpoint, so I won’t go into it other than to say the designers tried to reinvent the wheel and came up with paper picnic plates. The info that has come out so far indicates that the submersible was built around the principles of social politics rather than the laws of physics.
OceanGate Expeditions, the company that owned and operated the submersible, said in a statement that all five people in the vessel, including CEO and pilot Stockton Rush, “have sadly been lost.”
The others on board were two members of a prominent Pakistani family, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood; British adventurer Hamish Harding; and Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
“These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans,” OceanGate said in a statement. “We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.”
This is absolute PR bullshit, sorry. This was nothing more than a very expensive carnival ride that went catastrophically bad because the simple tenets of safety and preventive maintenance were not followed. And I bet the passengers were assured (and believed) that the sub was super-duper-safe even though they signed paperwork stating they knew they could die. Emotion for having a “cool” experience overrode due diligence and as the saying goes, you pay your monies, you take your chances.
And that is my opinion.