The wife of the missing OceanGate submarine pilot is related to a tragic couple who died on the Titanic.
The Titanic was a renowned passenger liner that sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.
The disaster claimed the lives of over 1,500 people and remains one of the most well-known maritime tragedies in history.
An OceanGate submarine tour to visit the wreckage – at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean – vanished along with the five people on board on Sunday.
Watch as US Coast Guard says the Titanic submarine search has ‘not yielded any results’ so far…
According to reports, the pilot of the missing Titanic submersible, 61-year-old Stockton Rush (who is also OceanGate’s CEO), has a personal connection to the tragic history of the ocean liner.
Rush’s wife, Wendy Rush, is a descendant of passengers who lost their lives when the Titanic sank in 1912.
Her great-great-grandparents, Isidor and Ida Straus, were wealthy individuals on board the ill-fated ship.
Isidor Straus, a prominent retail magnate and co-owner of Macy’s department store, is said to have displayed great courage during the disaster.
He refused a seat on a lifeboat to allow women and children to escape first.
His wife, Ida, also chose to stay by his side, and they met their fate together, standing arm-in-arm on the ship’s deck.
Their story was actually depicted in the 1997 film Titanic.
Wendy Rush, previously known as Wendy Hollings Weil, has actively participated in expeditions to explore the wreckage of the Titanic and is believed to serve as the communications director for OceanGate Expeditions.
Joining Stockton Rush on the Titan are other notable passengers including British adventurer Hamish Harding, Pakistani nationals Shahzada Dawood and his teenage son Suleman, and French explorer and Titanic expert Paul-Henry Nargeolet.
The search and rescue efforts have been intensified as more ships and vessels have been dispatched to the area where the submersible went missing.
The US Coast Guard, leading the international rescue operation, detected underwater sounds for two consecutive days, providing hope for narrowing down the search area.
However, the cause of the sounds remains unknown.
Time is of the essence as the crew had only a four-day oxygen supply when the submersible descended to the Titanic wreckage, and it is expected to run out before midday on Thursday.
The search area has been expanded, covering approximately 10,000 square miles on the surface and a depth of about 2.5 miles below the surface.
The US Coast Guard has deployed multiple surface vessels for the search and plans to increase the number in the coming days.
The urgency and international cooperation in this rescue mission underscore the gravity of the situation and the determination to locate and rescue the missing submersible and its crew.
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