A documentary cameraman who conducted a test dive on the doomed Titan submarine has recounted how the company’s CEO said “very strange” things.
Brian Weed had been working for the Discovery Channel’s ‘Expedition Unknown’ TV show in May 2021 when he boarded the Titan submarine in Puget Sound in Washington.
Once on board, Weed said Well-informed person about a “very strange” conversation he had with Stockton Rush aboard the Titan.
He said, ‘Well, there’s four or five days’ worth of oxygen on board, and I said, ‘What if they don’t find you?’ And he said, ‘Well, you’re dead anyway.
Weed continued, “It felt like a very strange thing to think about, and it seemed almost like a nihilistic attitude towards life and death in the middle of the ocean.”
Brian Weed, pictured, had been working for the Discovery Channel’s ‘Expedition Unknown’ TV show in May 2021 when he boarded the Titan submarine
Weed described Stockton Rush, pictured here, as having a “gentleman’s” attitude toward basic security.
Weed said that Rush’s attitude towards “basic security” was “arrogant” and made him “uneasy” from the start.
Weed said the test dive was plagued by mechanical and communication problems and had to be aborted.
“All that diving made me very uncomfortable with the idea of going down into the depths of the Titanic in that submersible,” Weed said, adding that he just didn’t feel safe.
Weed withdrew from the documentary project due to security concerns, and production on ‘Expedition Unknown’ was later canceled as well.
Rush died aboard the submersible, which imploded while descending to view the wreckage of the Titanic last month.
On board with him was one of the richest men in Pakistan, Shahzada Dawood, along with his son Suleman, British billionaire Hamish Harding and French explorer Paul-Henry Nargeolet.
The submarine lost communication with its operator, OceanGate Expeditions, less than two hours after it plunged into the famous wreck last month, with five people on board.
A large-scale rescue operation involving aircraft and a fleet of vessels had moved into the area 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada, as oxygen supplies on the submarine dwindled.
French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet (left) was on the submarine along with Stockton Rush (right), CEO of the OceanGate expedition.
Five people were on board, including British billionaire adventurer Hamish Harding (left) and Shahzada Dawood and her son Suleman, who was just 19 years old.
All five men on board died after the Titan submarine imploded on their expedition.
It was then announced that all five men on board had been killed instantly after the sub suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’.
Last week, debris from the submersible was brought ashore in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
Weed’s comments come after an unnamed CFO working at OceanGate said she had been asked to take over the controls of the doomed Titan.
Huge chunks of metal are unloaded from the ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard dock in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
The anonymous staffer said that after chief pilot David Lochridge was fired for raising safety concerns in 2018, he could not trust the late CEO Stockton Rush.
She told the New Yorker: “It scared me that he wanted me to be a lead pilot, since my background is in accounting, I wouldn’t be able to work for Stockton.”
Lochridge was fired in 2018 after OceanGate disagreed with his demand for more rigorous security checks on the submersible, including “testing to prove its integrity.”