Stockton Rush

Submersible pilot Randy Holt communicates with the support boat as he and Stockton Rush dive in the company's submersible.

Submersible pilot Randy Holt communicates with the support boat as he and Stockton Rush dive in the company’s submersible.

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Rush is the newest addition to the list of ill-fated inventors.

Rush and four others onboard the OceanGate Expedition’s Titan submersible went missing on June 18 while taking passengers on a voyage to see the wreck of the Titanic. The loss of the submersible launched a search-and-rescue mission that had the Navy, Coast Guard, and even “Titanic” filmmaker James Cameron involved. 

The search lasted for five days until the Coast Guard announced on June 22 that the submersible had imploded 1,600 feet away from the Titanic shipwreck. 

The US Coast Guard has convened a Marine Board of Investigation to look into the cause of the implosion — the highest level of investigation by the organization, according to CNN. 

The submersible that has been making headlines for the past few weeks was created by Rush to explore the remains of the Titanic as part of a larger adventure tourism venture.

As more information has come in since the Coast Guard declared the passengers of the Titan deceased, there is evidence to suggest that Rush may have ignored advice from others as well as important safety features before departing.   

Karl Stanley, a friend of Rush and owner of Stanley’s Submarines, a deep-sea exploration company, took a test dive in 2019 with Rush. In emails between Rush and Stanley after the test, Stanley warned Rush of the dangers of being impatient.

“The evidence suggests there is an issue/defect in one area,” Stanley wrote in an email to Rush. “Without knowing what that defect or issue is, your models and experts cannot say how it will affect the performance of the hull.”

Rush ultimately did not heed his friend’s warnings, writing in an email back to Stanley to “keep his opinions to himself.” 

Sources: Insider, Insider, New York Times, CNN