In a heartbreaking revelation, the mother of the 19-year-old who tragically lost his life in the Titan submersible disaster has disclosed that she had initially intended to join the trip herself.
During an exclusive interview with the BBC, Christine Dawood shared that she and her husband, Shahzada Dawood, had originally planned to embark on the journey together. However, their plans had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
When the opportunity to take the trip arose again, Christine Dawood made the decision to let her son Suleman go with his father, as he had expressed a strong desire to experience the adventure.
Regrettably, the trip took a devastating turn when the OceanGate Titan submersible, carrying the Pakistani businessman and his son, suffered a catastrophic implosion, resulting in the loss of all lives on board.
Apart from the Dawood family, the group onboard the Titan submersible included British businessman Hamish Harding, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, and former French Navy diver Paul-Henry Nargeolet.
Mrs. Dawood shared with the BBC the harrowing moment she received the news that the Titan had gone missing.
"I didn't comprehend at that moment what it meant - and then it just went downhill from there. I think I lost hope when we passed the 96 hours mark. I said: 'I'm preparing for the worst.' That's when I lost hope," she said.
On Father's Day, Mrs. Dawood and her 17-year-old daughter Alina had boarded the Polar Prince, the vessel responsible for launching the Titan.
Filled with love and laughter, they shared hugs and exchanged jokes before Mrs. Dawood and her daughter embarked on the ill-fated submersible.
"I was really happy for them because both of them, they really wanted to do that for a very long time," she said.
Suleman had brought along his Rubik's cube, a puzzle he cherished and carried with him wherever he went. Impressively, he could solve it in a mere 12 seconds.
According to Mrs. Dawood, Suleman had set his sights on breaking a record during the trip.
"He said, 'I'm going to solve the Rubik's Cube 3,700 metres below sea at the Titanic'," she shared.
The Titan submersible encountered communication issues shortly after its launch on June 18. Subsequently, reports revealed that US navy hydrophones detected a loud noise in the vicinity around the same time the submersible lost contact.
Following the discovery of debris from the submersible, it was confirmed that a catastrophic implosion had occurred when the vessel was approximately 500 meters away from the Titanic wreckage. This tragic event resulted in the instantaneous loss of all lives on board.
Reflecting on the untimely passing of her husband and son, Mrs. Dawood shared her thoughts by saying: "I miss them. I really, really miss them."