Brit Hamish Harding posted about poor weather conditions hours before he vanished onboard missing Titanic sub | The Sun

Brit Hamish Harding posted about poor weather conditions hours before he vanished onboard missing Titanic sub | The Sun

June 19, 2023

A BRITISH billionaire who is on board a missing submarine spoke about poor weather conditions just hours before it vanished.

Hamish Harding, 58, is one of five people on the sub which was taking part in an expedition to the wreckage of the Titanic.

Rescue crews are frantically searching the Atlantic Ocean after the £200,000-a-head voyage disappeared.

Among those taking part in the expedition is Harding, CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai.

He yesterday posted on Facebook about poor weather conditions before the trip began.

He said: "Due to the worst winter in Newfoundland in 40 years, this mission is likely to be the first and only manned mission to the Titanic in 2023.

"A weather window has just opened up and we are going to attempt a dive tomorrow. We started steaming from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada yesterday and are planning to start dive operations around 4am tomorrow morning.

He added: "More expedition updates to follow IF the weather holds!"

The 58-year-old is known as one of the leaders of the record-breaking mission to orbit the Earth via both poles in 2019.

Today his stepson wrote on Facebook: "Thoughts and prayers for my Mom and Hamish Harding."

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He added: "Hamish Harding my stepfather has gone missing on submarine thoughts and prayers."

OceanGate, one of few companies offering trips to see the ruins, confirmed a major search mission has been launched to "bring the crew back safely".

Tickets for tourists to see the wreckage – which is around 600km off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada – cost up to £195,000.

The company previously revealed it uses Elon Musk's Starlink to communicate with the vessel, however it's not clear what has gone wrong with the network.

OceanGate's sub – Titan – has the capacity for one pilot and four others and an oxygen supply able to last 96 hours.

A spokesman for OceanGate said: "We are exploring and mobilising all options to bring the crew back safely.

"Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families.

"We are deeply thankful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to reestablish contact with the submersible.

"We are working toward the safe return of the crewmembers."

The Sun has approached OceanGate for comment.

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