The expedition that the Titan submersible and its crew were undergoing was tremendously risky, according to industry experts and former passengers. The company (OceanGate) had a well recorded history of malfunctions and canceled dives. The craft was poorly designed and was never certified, licensed or insured to be used as a commercial submersible. The submersible has disappeared before for up to 5 hours!
The Titan had to withstand the pressure that comes from being almost 4,000 meters (13,100ft) below sea level – the depth of water the Titanic came to rest in – and faced the threat of getting lost or losing contact with the surface. Mr. Rush wanted 20 something year old kids to run the deep-sea submarine that visits the Titanic wreckage. “When I started the business, one of the things you’ll find, there are other sub-operators out there but they typically have gentleman who are ex-military submariners and you’ll see a whole bunch of 50-year-old white guys,” Rush told a representative with Teledyne Marine. “I wanted our team to be younger, to be inspirational and I’m not going to inspire a 16-year-old to go pursue marine technology but a 25-year-old you know who’s a sub pilot or a platform operator or one of our techs can be inspirational,” Rush continued. “So we’ve really tried to get very intelligent, motivated, younger individuals involved because we’re doing things that are completely new.”
Stockton Rush, the chief executive and founder of OceanGate – creator of Titan – was among those on board.
Experts have raised questions over whether all appropriate safety measures were followed.
The sub was designed to use a PlayStation game controller to operate.
There was only one way to get in and out of the submersible, a port hole at the front tip of the sub and it’s sealed from the outside with 17 bolts! (see image below) So even if they had miraculously made it to the surface from the depths they were still doomed because they were sealed in!
Former OceanGate director of marine operations David Lochridge — one of those “50-year-old white guys” Rush wanted to avoid hiring for not being “inspirational” enough — was fired by Rush in 2018 after he reportedly blew the whistle on OceanGate by raising safety concerns over their first-of-a-kind carbon fiber hull and other systems.
I’m not sure what race had to do with the knowledge and skills required to operate a deep-sea submersible and considering his “skin color” based way of thinking and his racially focused mindset, I think we can confidently say that Mr. Rush was a member of the “woke party”.
It’s obvious that Mr. Rush’s bad decision making has led to a horrible tragedy. His poorly designed submersible and very poor decision making has prevented him from accomplishing his dream of having a non-white, youth run, joystick operated submarine company.
The submarine that wokeness built is gone – destroyed by foolishness.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of his victims.