Titanic filmmaker blasts submarine regulation

James Cameron ‘there shouldn’t have worry about the vehicle they are in’

Titanic filmmaker James Cameron has blasted the safety risks of the Titan submersible and claimed there “shouldn’t be any risks”.

During a pre-recorded film by the BBC, James exclaimed: “It’s a dangerous site for entanglement and collapse, you can have a structural collapse on the sub, it is a very dangerous site.

“So understand the risks, agree to the risks, but don’t be in a situation where you haven’t been told the risks of the actual platform that you are diving in.

“In the 21st century, there shouldn’t be any risks. We have managed to make it through 60 years from 1960 until today, 63 years without a fatality, most people don’t know this.

“No fatalities, no major accidents in deep submergence. One of the saddest aspects of all of this is how preventable it really was and that to me is the greatest heartbreak of the whole thing.”

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When asked about the known safety concerns that were raised and ignored, James blasted that OceanGate “cut corners”.

“They should be raised, [but] they cut corners, they used unproven experimental technology on a sub that took passengers and to me that is unexcusable and they were uncertified.

“They knew it would not be approved and it is fine to be an innovator [but] the second you create a business model around asking people for money to take them to some place, you have to ensure their safety and jump through every possible hoop.”

The US Coast Guard reported yesterday that a “debris field” had been found and was being brought back to the surface for analysis.

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The debris was located by a remote-controlled underwater search vehicle near the wreck of the Titanic.

As the search for the five missing men came to an end, a press conference took place with Rear Admiral John Mauger said further debris was “consistent with a catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber”.

In a statement, OceanGate Expeditions said: “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.”

BBC Breakfast airs every day from 6am on BBC One.

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