“Intense worry” is how a former passenger of the missing Titanic submersible describes his feelings as he waits with hope that the five people onboard, including two of his friends, will be found safely.
Alfred Hagen, president of Hagen Construction and Development and a self-described adventurer from Pennsylvania, spoke with Global News about his connection to the ship and recounted his own journey he took into the ocean depths in 2021.
His friends Paul-Henry Nargolet, a French diver considered a world expert on the Titanic, and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush were on the submersible when it went missing Sunday. “As you can well understand, this isn’t just a story to me, it’s not just people somewhere, these are personal friends,” he said in an interview. “It’s a horrific story and I know intimately what conditions they’re suffering, the state of the submersible, how cold it is, how tight it is, how uncomfortable.
And it pains me deeply to think of them gasping for air as the clock runs out on them.” The submersible, Titan, was first reported overdue Sunday night, setting off the search in waters about 700 kilometres south of St.