British businessman Chris Brown thanks his stars for his last-minute decision to withdraw from the adventurous journey to the wreck of the Titanic.
Mr Brown, a digital marketing businessman, had signed up for the £80,000 deep dive “over a few beers” with this friend and British billionaire Hamish Harding while on business tycoon Sir Richard’s Necker Island Branson was, according to various media reports.
The submarine Titan has now been missing for more than four days and could soon run out of oxygen reserves. US Coast Guard, Canadian military jets, French ships and remote-controlled robots race against time to find it.
Among the five people aboard the missing ship are British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani magnate Shahzada Dawood and his son.
Mr. Brown talked about his big decision and explained why he went along with it in the first place.
“As a modern day adventurer interested in pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of places where people go… the Titanic is clearly an iconic wreck,” he said, according to a report in The Independent. “It’s an opportunity for an expedition, an exploration and adding a little science to the situation.”
The businessman agreed to make the trip and also promptly paid the deposit. However, his excitement was clouded by worry when he saw Oceangate, which facilitated the journey, “cut too many corners,” the Sun reported.
According to the report, Mr Brown was shocked to find “old jetty piles” used for the submarine’s ballast. “The controls were based on computer game style controllers,” he said.
“Eventually I emailed them and said, ‘I can’t go on with this any longer,'” Brown told The Sun. “I asked for a refund after I wasn’t convinced.”
Brown said that while he is not one to shy away from risk, “the risks were too high in this case”.
The businessman is now eagerly awaiting news of the missing submarine, in which his friend is located. “I’m very upset about Hamish,” he said, “The focus now has to be on saving these people.”