The troubles may not seem surprising to Brown. “I found out they used old scaffolding poles for the sub’s ballast — and its controls were based on computer game-style controllers,” he told the paper. “If you’re trying to build your own submarine you could probably use old scaffold poles. But this was a commercial craft.” “Eventually I emailed them and said, ‘I’m no longer able to go on this thing.’ I asked for a refund after being less than convinced,” he admitted. “We decided the risks were too high in this instance, even though I’m not one to shy away from risk.” Brown is not alone. Others have also worried about the safety of the submersible. A CBS journalist, for instance, had a harrowing experience inside the missing Titanic submersible just last year.
Additionally, the data from the P-3 aircraft has been shared with our U.S. Navy experts for further analysis which will be considered in future search plans. 2/2 #Titanic— USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) June 21, 2023
In 2022, journalist David Pogue took a spin on the machine and came away afraid for the future. Indeed, his tour ended up “lost.” “We were lost for two-and-a-half hours,” Pogue said. Pogue is not the only one to feel shaky over the whole venture. Passenger Mike Reiss noted that even the release form was a warning since it directly mentioned the word “death” repeatedly throughout the document. “They mention death three times on page one and so it’s never far from your mind. You try to put it out,” he said. “I’m not optimistic just because I know the logistics of it,” he added about the submersible. Unfortunately for Brown’s friend, Harding went ahead of the trip and is now among the missing, along with OceanGate chief executive Stockton Rush, French maritime expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet, British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and Dawood’s son, Suleman. “I feel really upset about Hamish — he’s an extremely easy guy to get along with,” Brown said of his friend. “One thing’s for certain, Hamish isn’t the sort of fellow to panic. He’ll be extremely calm and will be processing plans, schemes and ideas through his enormous brain,” Brown concluded. “I fully expect he’ll be a calming influence on the others in the sub, and will be giving them hope.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Chris Brown, a friend of British billionaire Hamish Harding, has told Sky News that he is hoping for a miracle as the search for the missing Titan submersible continues.Latest: https://t.co/OB9RZbLnsf pic.twitter.com/20jcXdrKbF — Sky News (@SkyNews) June 21, 2023