Two Pakistani billionaires, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, are among the five passengers reported missing after a private submarine vanished during an expedition to explore the wreckage of the Titanic. Read the full story.
The other confirmed onboard passengers include British businessman Hamish Harding, French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate, the operating company.
Shahzada Dawood, 48, serves as the vice chairman of Dawood Hercules, an investment and holding company based in Karachi, Pakistan. Dawood Hercules is affiliated with the Dawood Group, a well-established family business with a significant financial legacy in Pakistan.
Suleman Dawood, the 19-year-old son of Shahzada Dawood, is described as a science fiction enthusiast who enjoys solving Rubik’s Cubes and playing volleyball, according to DH Group & Engro Corporation, part of the Dawood Hercules Group.
The Dawood family has expressed their gratitude for the concern and requested prayers for the safe return of the missing individuals. Rescue efforts to locate the submerged vessel and its occupants are currently underway.
OceanGate, the company responsible for operating the submersible, has not provided any official updates regarding the incident. However, the U.S. Navy has dispatched subject matter experts and a specialized “Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System” to aid in the search and rescue mission. This advanced system is capable of lifting and recovering large underwater objects, as reported by The News International.
Furthermore, assets from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force, including vessels and aircraft, have been mobilized to assist in the search operations.
The missing submersible, “Titan,” was manned by one pilot and four mission specialists. Approximately the size of a minivan, it is equipped with repurposed everyday items, including a video game controller for steering. The search continues in hopes of locating and rescuing the passengers onboard the ill-fated submarine.