A former French Navy captain and veteran deep-sea diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, who is one of the five people onboard the missing Titanic submersible, is reportedly a renowned expert with over 35 dives to the Titanic shipwreck. According to his colleagues, he is a specialist on the Titanic – its conception, the shipwreck.
Nargeolet is a super-hero for us in France,” one his colleagues Mathieu Johann – who convinced the diver to write his book ‘In the depths of the Titanic’ – said, reported Reuters.
“…He needed convincing to write a book because he wanted to spend all of his time diving. He wakes up in the morning and he wants to go to the sea,” Johann added.
Meanwhile, the director of underwater research for RMS Titanic – who owns the rights to the ship’s remains – said that Nargeolet started researching and exploring the Titanic wreck when he joined the French ocean research institute Ifremer in 1986, reported Reuters.
Another colleague of the French diver said that he is “known for his great experience”.
Notably, Nargeolet is also known as “Mr. Titanic”.
The missing Titanic submersible
The missing Titanic submersible named ‘Titan’ – which was carrying five people to the site of the Titanic wreckage off the Canadian coast – went missing in the North Atlantic Ocean on Sunday. Other people onboard included British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his son Suleman. Reportedly, the founder and CEO of the operating company OceanGate Stockton Rush was also on the missing submarine.