Television cameras caught the stunned reaction of the cofounder of deep-sea submersible company OceanGate as he learned debris was found in the frantic search for the missing Titan.
Entrepreneur Guillermo Söhnlein, 57, was visibly shaken when a BBC journalist interrupted their interview to report a search team had identified a debris field on the ocean floor.
“I’m sorry…some what has been found?” the startled Söhnlein asked.
The interviewer replied he had no details on the ominous finding.
Titanic aficionados have pointed out a bizarre coincidence between the tragic ocean liner and the Titan submersible that imploded en route to the wreck with five crew members on board.
“In 1912, Thomas Andrews, the Man who designed the Titanic Ship sank with it,” one commenter wrote on Twitter on Friday.
“111 years later, the man who designed the Titanic Submarine #OceanGate Titan sank with it in 2023 at the same spot.”
Thomas Andrews was the managing director of Harland and Wolff, the Belfast firm that built the Titanic for the White Star Line. He was only 39 years old when he went down with the Titanic after it struck an iceberg during its maiden voyage on April 15, 1915.
Over 111 years later, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush – who famously skirted safety protocols when designing the Titan submersible – perished alongside four others when the vessel imploded en route the Titanic’s resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean.
A remote-operated vehicle later identified debris from the Titan about 1,600 feet from the Titanic’s bow.