Christine Dawood, the mother of Suleman Dawood, the 19-year-old who tragically died alongside his father in the Titanic submersible, revealed that she intended to accompany her husband on the ill-fated dive.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his trip to witness the wreckage of the Titanic was cancelled.
According to the BBC, Christine Dawood stated that she chose to “take a step back” from the mission to explore the wreck this year, giving her teenage son the chance to fulfill his strong desire to visit the Titanic.
“I was very happy for them because they really wanted to do that for a long time.” she told the outlet.
During the dive, his family of four, including Christine Dawood’s 17-year-old daughter, were present on the Polar Prince, the submersible’s mother ship.
Sulaiman was really disappointed because they only allowed people 18 and over. his mother expressed, as she hoped to set a world record for solving a Rubik’s cube in the depths of the ocean. Initially, the trip was planned for Shahzada and herself before the pandemic.
However, when the trip was rescheduled, she decided to step back and allow Sulaiman, as he fervently wanted, to go.
“I was very happy for them because they really wanted to do that for a long time.” she said. She fondly recalled hugging and joking with her husband and son before they entered the submersible.
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On Father’s Day, Christine Dawood and her daughter, Alina, shared hugs and jokes with her husband and son before the two men entered the submersible Titan.
According to the mother, she was having a snack when she received the news that they had lost communication with the submarine.
The submarine, which operated a video game controller, has since become controversial.
Shahzada and Suleman Dawood, along with two other passengers and a pilot, went missing on June 18 when the Titan disappeared less than two hours after the Titanic plunged.
After discovering debris from the Titan at a depth of around 13,000 feet on the ocean floor, authorities pronounced Shahzada and Suleman Dawood, along with the other passengers, dead on Thursday.
The US Coast Guard reported that the submersible experienced a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber, causing it to implode.
Given the extreme depths involved, any hull failure would have immediately resulted in the deaths of all five passengers.
The three remaining passengers aboard the submersible were British billionaire Hamish Harding, former French navy diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet and Stockton Rush, the chief executive of the company that operates the submersible tours.
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