Friday, December 1, 2023

CEO of Disastrous Titanic Tourism Venture Refused to Hire ’50-Yr-Old White Guys’

'I wanted our team to be younger, to be inspirational... '

(Abdul–Rahman Oladimeji Bello, Headline USA) The CEO of OceanGate, the company operating the submarine that went missing while touring the Titanic, recently pledged never to hire “50-year-old white guys” because they are not “inspirational.”

According to a report by the Daily Caller, a submarine taking tourists who paid $250,000 to see Titanic wreckage went missing in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday. At this time, the submersible remained missing and hopes for a successful recovery were dim. Its passengers included British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shanzada Dawood and his son Sulaiman, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet and OceanGate’s CEO Stockton Rush.

In a recording making rounds on social media, Rush said, “When I started business, one of the things you’ll find for other sub operators out there, they typically have people who are ex-military submariners and you’ll see a whole bunch of 50-year-old white guys. I wanted our team to be younger, to be inspirational.”

The titanic tourist CEO added, “And I’m not gonna inspire a 16-year-old to pursue marine technology, but a 25-year-old who’s a sub pilot, a platform operator, or one of our techs can be inspirational. So we’ve really tried to get very intelligent, motivated younger individuals to get involved.”

On Tuesday, G. Michael Harris, who headed the tour, said, “More people have been to outer space than to this depth of the ocean. When you’re diving in these situations, you have to cross your t’s, dot your i’s. You have to do everything absolutely perfect and by the book.”

Harris added, “Worst situation is something happened to the hull. Our fear is that it imploded at around 3,200 meters.”

Though the search for the vessel is still on, experts have noted that the challenge here is against time as the submarine seem to have little or no oxygen left.

UPDATE: The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday afternoon announced that a missing submersible imploded near the wreckage of the Titanic, killing all five people on board, according to the Associated Press.

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