Titanic sub would have collapsed in milliseconds as passengers ceased to exist

A former OceanGate consultant said the passengers onboard the doomed Titanic sub would have 'ceased to exist' before their brains even registered that they were in danger.

The OceanGate Explorations submersible 'Titan' lost communication with its mothership Polar Prince roughly one hour and 45 minutes into its descent to the Titanic wreck on Sunday, June 18.

The five men on board were left with just 96 hours of oxygen, and were pronounced dead soon after as the world watched on with hope that they might be found alive.

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Now, submersible expert Rob McCallum, who worked on the project in its infancy, said he left because he felt the venture was a 'ticking time bomb' and said he was 'not surprised' at what ultimately unfolded.

Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia, McCallum explained: "The whole volume of a submersible collapses in about two milliseconds.

"And it takes 25 milliseconds for the human brain to detect a threat.

"It's not so much that you die, it's that you cease to exist. It's almost the perfect end."

McCallum had worked with Stockton Rush at his company, and didn't shy away from critique after his former boss died.

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"I can't say that from a technical standpoint I was surprised. That's why we tried so hard to prevent it," he added.

He explained that he was shocked by the willingness to 'break rules' and the 'completely reckless' nature in doing so during his stint at OceanGate.

"They were so proud of flaunting the accepted norms, and if you're going to flaunt an accepted norm you really need to know what you're doing and I wasn't convinced that that level of expertise was there," he said.

He concluded that it's 'great fun breaking world records' but 'they don't count if everybody doesn't make it home'.

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