Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Stockton Rush, Hamish Harding, Shahzada Dawood, and Suleman Wiki – Biography
Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Stockton Rush, Hamish Harding, Shahzada Dawood, and his son Suleman were aboard the missing OceanGate submersible, which was on its way to the wreckage of the Titanic, one of the world’s most renowned shipwrecks.
The company that managed the Titantic-bound deep-sea submersible that went missing with five people aboard on Sunday announced in a statement Thursday that it believes they are all dead. “We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost,” OceanGate said in a statement. “These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans. Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time. We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.”
The news comes shortly after the US Coast Guard said it found a “debris field” in the search area near the Titanic that, according to a memo obtained by CNN, has been assessed to be from the external body of the submersible. The debris was located on the ocean floor, roughly 500 meters off of the bow of the Titanic, at about 8:55 a.m. ET. The Coast Guard said it plans to host a press briefing at 3 p.m. ET to “discuss findings from the Horizon Arctic’s ROV on the sea floor near the Titanic.” A spokesperson for Pelagic Research Services confirmed to CNN their remote-operated vehicle, which was the first to conduct a search for the submersible on the sea floor, found the debris field.
The news comes as the search for the vessel, known as the Titan, has reached a “critical” stage, the co-founder of the company operating the submersible said Thursday. Follow live Titanic submersible updates Today will be a critical day in this search and rescue mission, as the sub’s life support supplies are starting to run low,” Guillermo Sohnlein, the co-founder of OceanGate, the company operating the expedition, said in a statement Thursday. Sohnlein said he is “certain” that pilot Stockton Rush and the crew “realized days ago that the best thing they can do to ensure their rescue is to extend the limits of those supplies by relaxing as much as possible. I firmly believe that the time window available for their rescue is longer than what most people think.”
Missing Titanic sub,
The missing tourist submersible last pinged when it was directly above its destination. Five people were on board, including Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son, Sulaiman Dawood. Hamish Harding (CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai), Paul-Henri Nargolet, the French explorer, and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush were also on board. Rescue crews from the US and Canada are in a race against time. The submarine has enough oxygen to last underwater until noon on Thursday UK Time, 7 AM. The submarine, owned and operated by OceanGate Expeditions, started around 4 AM on Sunday. It was taking a crew of five people 12,500 ft underwater. However, the team lost communication with the mothership MV Polar Prince an hour and 45 minutes into the two-hour descent. Some submarine experts believe that the only way to rescue the people is using a remotely operated vehicle that can reach a maximum depth of 20,000 ft.
French submersible pilot Paul-Henry Nargeolet is a former commander in the French Navy with a career spanning 25 years. He was the captain of the deep submergence group of the navy during his years in service. He then joined the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER). Nargeolet has been involved in several scientific trips worldwide, and the Titanic site was one of his many visits.
Paul-Henry Nargeolet is 73 years old.
OceanGate CEO and Founder Stockton Rush was also on board the craft. He was a trained pilot who became a founder and member of the board of trustees of OceanGate Foundation — a non-profit organisation. In a previous interview, Rush had discussed the Titanic wreck. “What strikes you is how beautiful it is,” he said. “You don’t normally see that on a shipwreck. “It is an amazingly beautiful wreck.” He said: “You can see inside; we dipped down and saw the grand staircase and some of the chandeliers still hanging. “Next year we are hoping to send a small robot inside but for now we stay on the outside.”
Stockton Rush is 61 years old.
UK billionaire Hamish Harding
Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding took to social media on Sunday to confirm that he was joining OceanGate Expeditions as a “mission specialist”. Due to bad weather in Newfoundland, Canada, the expedition was likely to be the only manned mission to the wreck of the Titanic this year, he said. Harding is based in the United Arab Emirates, where his company’s headquarters is. Action Aviation is a sales and operations company offering a range of services in the business aviation industry.
Harding is a self-proclaimed world explorer. He holds a Guinness world record for being the fastest person to go around the world in an aircraft and also participated in the fifth human space flight by the aerospace company founded by Jeff Bezos. The 58-year-old was confirmed as one of the passengers of the missing submersible after his stepson Brian Szasz posted on Facebook. Brian wrote that Harding was in his “thoughts and prayers”.
Hamish Harding is 58 years old.
Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman
Engro Board of Directors Vice Chairman Shahzada Dawood is a leading voice for institutionalizing key international networks, including the World Economic Forum (WEF). He serves as Trustee on the Boards of both Engro Foundation and The Dawood Foundation and he joined the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute in 2020. He also serves as director across boards of various companies within the Dawood Group, including Dawood Hercules Corporation Ltd and Dawood Lawrencepur Ltd. In a statement, the Dawood family said Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman, “had embarked on a journey to visit the remnants of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean”. As of now, the family said, contact has been lost with their submersible craft, and there is limited information available. A rescue effort that is being jointly led by multiple government agencies and deep-sea companies is underway to reestablish contact with the submersible and bring them back safely.”
Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman Dawood 19 years old.