The remains of the Titanic have once again become a topic of discussion among the people after the end of the Titan submarine led to the death of five people on board the submersible. Now the youngest person to have explored the wreckage of the Titanic is opening up about the dangers of going underwater.
Voyager Wreck Details to Younger Titanic Safety Concerns
Sebastian Harris was just 13 years old when he became the youngest person to travel to the Titanic wreck during its voyage in 2005. Harris made the 12,500-foot dive with his father by his side, Titanic expedition leader G. Michael Harris. The father-son duo traveled to the depths of the sea in a Russian Mir II submersible.
Harris is now revisiting the horror of being aboard the submarine and even mentions how he almost lost his life after losing consciousness during the dive. In a conversation with The US Sun, Harris recounted how during a time when his life was in danger on board, he lost consciousness.
The trip took 12 hours and he was a little boy at the time. Harris recounts how, due to a “little security issue”, he lost consciousness. He recalled: “Suddenly our oxygen levels started to drop and I passed out while we were diving.”
Harris said she was lucky her father and the other passengers didn’t fall victim to the minor safety issue and were aware, “otherwise it could have been fatal,” she said.
Harris regained consciousness thanks to an oxygen meter inside the submarine that alerted the other passengers
The sub had gauges inside that warned passengers of declining oxygen levels, prompting them to just crack up, helping Harris regain consciousness in no time. The Titanic voyager, who set a world record, said such problems crop up regularly on wreck exploration voyages, Harris warned.
He added: “The certification and safety of these vehicles is very important. These activities are inherently dangerous.”
He admitted that as a 13-year-old he was “blissfully ignorant” and had no sense of his own mortality, however, under other circumstances, the voyage under the sea might have ended in tragedy.
This is similar to how things went for the Titan submarine that went missing on June 17 and was later said to have imploded under sea pressure after the sub ran out of oxygen supply for the five passengers aboard the sub. The incident claimed the lives of passengers Shahzada and Suleman Dawood, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, pilot Hamish Harding and Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
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