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Who is on the OceanGate Titanic sub?

A search for the missing OceanGate Titan submersible craft, which disappeared on Sunday, June 18 during a dive to the wreckage of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean, has yet to yield results.  

More details are emerging about those onboard the vessel and of the Titan itself. 

Who is on the submarine? 

The five passengers on board the missing submarine have been identified as OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, French mariner Paul-Henry Nargeolet, British businessman and explorer Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and Dawood’s son Sulaiman Dawood. 


An OceanGate spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday that it “can confirm” the 61-year-old Rush “is aboard the submersible as a member of the crew.”  

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush

Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate, poses in Times Square in New York City in April 2017. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Who is Paul-Henry Nargeolet?  

Nargeolet, 77, is described by OceanGate Expeditions as a “renowned Titanic expert, having led six expeditions to the Titanic wreck site and lectured at numerous Titanic exhibitions around the world.” 

Nargeolet reportedly has completed dozens of dives to the wreckage in submersibles himself and supervised the recovery of thousands of artifacts, including a 20-ton section of the Titanic’s hull. 

Action Aviation describes Harding as a “licensed Air Transport Pilot, a Living Legend of Aviation, inducted in 2022, a three Guinness World Records holder, an Explorer and an Entrepreneur.” 

Harding, it added, “is an extraordinarily accomplished individual who has successfully undertaken challenging expeditions, including but not limited to One More Orbit project (the record-breaking circumnavigation of the world), a flight to Space with Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket as a Commercial Astronaut (NS-21 Mission) and the reintroduction of Cheetahs from Namibia to India.”  

“He has travelled on a submersible to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench and has been to the South Pole a number of times,” Action Aviation also said.  

“We are very grateful for the concern being shown by our colleagues and friends and would like to request everyone to pray for their safety while granting the family privacy at this time,” his family also said in a statement to The Associated Press. “The family is well looked after and are praying to Allah for the safe return of their family members.” 

How many remaining hours of breathable air does the submarine have? 

The submarine began its journey to the Titanic on Sunday morning with 96 hours of oxygen on board, according to OceanGate’s website. 

Operators then lost contact with the vessel about 1 hour and 45 minutes into its descent. 

“Follow in Jacques Cousteau’s footsteps and become an underwater explorer — beginning with a dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic,” it says. “This is your chance to step outside of everyday life and discover something truly extraordinary.” 

The itinerary says the trips depart from St. Johns, Newfoundland, before spending a day in the North Atlantic and five days at the Titanic dive site.  

OceanGate says it takes about two hours for Titan to descend to the remains of the Titanic. 

“After the successful expeditions to the wreck in 2021 and 2022, OceanGate Expeditions will continue to return annually to further document the Titanic and its rate of decay,” the website says. 

OceanGate says there are currently 18 planned dives to the Titanic. 

A spokesman for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital regarding the number of past dives Titan itself has completed to the Titanic site. 

An implosion would mean pressure exerted on the outside of the Titan would cause it to collapse inward on itself.  

Fox News’ Tamara Gitt, Anders Hagstrom, Bradford Betz and Kerry Byrne Tcontributed to this report. 

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