The aunt of the teenager who tragically lost his life in the implosion of the Titanic submarine has shared her sense of relief that her brother won't carry the burden of guilt for taking his son on the ill-fated journey.
While grieving the loss of her brother and nephew, Azmeh Dawood expressed her deep sorrow over the passing of her beloved nephew Suleman.
During an earlier interview with NBC, Dawood mentioned that her nephew had joined the submarine trip as a special Father's Day treat, even though he hadn't been particularly enthusiastic about it.
"Suleman didn't have $250,000 or an interest in the Titanic. An interest because his father loved it but his interests were different," she said.
She further expressed her relief, mentioning that she was glad Suleman didn't have to witness his father's struggles or experience feelings of guilt.
"My brother is prone to panic attacks. I couldn't stop thinking about that," she explained.
"It was very sad but a tremendous relief to hear that on Sunday it was just... the end. They didn't even know."
"They were still just enjoying it. That is the best for them."
"If you are a parent and you think for Father's Day, for something nice, I've brought my son here. At least he didn't have to suffer from the guilt."
These remarks followed a plea from a relative of a Titanic passenger, urging others to refrain from visiting the site where the ship sank.
Helen Richardson, aged 40 and hailing from Norfolk, is the great-great-granddaughter of Christopher Arthur Shulver, a fireman who survived the Titanic but tragically perished aboard another White Star Liner in 1922.
She expressed her sentiment, stating, "It should be left alone. It is a site where all those poor people lost their lives, and a tragic site even for those who survived."
On June 22, OceanGate, the tour company responsible for the missing Titan submersible, stated their belief that all five individuals aboard the vessel had lost their lives.
The submersible initially lost contact with its main ship on Sunday, June 18, while on a mission to explore the remains of the Titanic.
On June 22, debris was discovered near the wreck, which the Coast Guard described as "consistent with a catastrophic implosion of the vessel."
Addressing the presumed fate of the passengers, OceanGate released the following statement: "We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost."
"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."
"This is an extremely sad time for our dedicated employees who are exhausted and grieving deeply over this loss."