Titanic director James Cameron says many experts had concerns about doomed sub

Titanic director James Cameron claims that submarine experts had predicted the tragic OceanGate submersible disaster long ago.

Cameron – who alongside his career as a blockbuster film-maker is a keen deep-sea explorer – has himself visited the world’s most famous shipwreck over 30 times.

He says that “a number of the top players in the deep-submergence engineering community” had written to OceanGate expressing their concern that the Titan submersible was “too experimental” to carry passengers into the depths of the ocean.

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Stressing that there hadn’t been enough safety checks on the deep-sea craft, he told ABC News: “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 on a moonless night, and many people died as a result.

“It’s a very similar tragedy where warnings went unheeded," Cameron said. "To take place at the same exact site with all the diving that's going around all around the world. I think it's just astonishing… it's really quite surreal."

The warnings were not just from outside the company. OceanGate fired David Lochridge, who was Director of Marine Operations for the Titan project, over a 2018 row about safety checks on the submersible.

The company also resisted pressure to get the Titan officially certified, fearing that the process could take years and would be “anathema to rapid innovation”.

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James Cameron added that he “felt in his bones” that the craft had imploded under the enormous pressure of the 12,500-foot depth.

After discussing the news with fellow-deep sea explorers, the Terminator director concluded that the craft was lost soon after submerging

“For the sub's electronics to fail and its communication system to fail, and its tracking transponder to fail simultaneously – sub's gone," he said.

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But for days after the implosion was detected on US Navy monitoring systems, the search and rescue operation continued – prolonging the agony for the families of the five men.

Cameron told BBC News that the search “felt like a prolonged and nightmarish charade where people are running around talking about banging noises and talking about oxygen and all this other stuff.

“I knew that sub was sitting – exactly underneath its last known depth and position. That's exactly where they found it,” he said.

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