A TikTok account has discovered that an ‘urgent’ job was posted for a submersible pilot at Oceangate before the crash that killed five people, as social media continues to obsess over the tragedy.
On Thursday, five people were confirmed dead, including Oceangate’s CEO, Stockton Rush, 61; French explorer Paul_Henry Nargeolet; British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, 58; and Pakistani father and son Shahzada Dawood, 48; and Suleman Dawood, 19.
The company posted a job posting on their website and networking app, actually this past week, looking for a sub pilot. As of Friday morning it has actually been scrubbed from their page.
They sought ‘a committed and qualified individual with a combination of strong mechanical and interpersonal skills who can work on sensitive marine equipment, perform routine maintenance and operate complex systems to support dive operations.’
According to The Messenger, multiple TikTok accounts discovered the posting and mocked some of the companies. Oceangate has come in for a lot of criticism on social media since the Titan went missing.
A TikTok account discovered there was an ‘urgent’ job posting at Oceangate for a submersible pilot before the crash that killed five people, as social media continues to rage over the tragedy.
Some even thought they were already trying to replace Rush or other Oceangate employees in the wake of their deaths, though that was likely posted earlier this week.
One user wrote, ‘Don’t work yourself to death for a company, they will replace you before they bury you in the ground.
‘This literally proves what everyone says about filling your position after you die,’ wrote a second, whose video has since been taken down.
A spokesman for Oceangate, which has closed operations at the office indefinitely, said the agency was ‘not providing additional information’ beyond their immediate response to the death confirmed on Thursday.
The Titanic Five were killed instantly when they suffered a ‘catastrophic explosion’ just 1,600 feet from the bow of the doomed ocean liner, the US Coast Guard announced yesterday. A remotely operated submarine from a Canadian ship found the wreck on the sea floor.
But search and rescue officials said the men were likely dead on Sunday – before they thought military aircraft using sonar buoys could sound SOS ‘banging’ in the water.
The U.S. Navy reported that they heard a sound consistent with an explosion when they lost contact about two hours after the dive. The Navy gave that information to the Coast Guard, an insider said.
According to court documents, safety concerns about the Titan submarine were previously raised by a former Oceangate employee.
The company posted a job posting on their website and networking app, actually this past week, looking for a sub pilot
Multiple TikTok accounts discovered the posting and some mocked the company
Oceangate has come in for a lot of criticism on social media since the Titan went missing
David Lochridge, OceanGate’s former director of marine operations, claimed wrongful dismissal after raising concerns about the company’s alleged ‘refusal to conduct critical, non-destructive testing of experimental designs’.
Oceangate boss Rush was warned years ago that his ‘experimental approach’ could lead to a disaster.
It could have been an instant death for the men, some of whom paid $250,000 to see the famous shipwreck.
In a gut-wrenching blow to their families, experts say they are unlikely to recover any remains.
‘It’s an incredibly unforgiving environment out there. The debris is consistent with a catastrophic explosion of the ship.. We will continue to work and explore the area down there – but I don’t have an answer to the possibilities at the moment,’ Paul Hankin, a deep sea expert involved in the search, said.
Five people were on board, including British billionaire adventurer Hamish Harding and Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleiman, who is just 19 years old.
Oceangate campaign CEO Stockton Rush (right) with French Navy veteran PH Nargiolet (left) on the sub
Rush said in a video posted online in 2021 that he ‘broke some rules’ to build the ship, adding: ‘Carbon fiber and titanium, there’s one rule you don’t – well I did.’
He also said in 2020 that the hull ‘showed signs of cyclic fatigue’.
Carbon fiber is prone to delamination, the process by which a material breaks into layers when under stress.
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