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David Lochridge (right) said he believed OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush would kill himself and others on his adventure missions, according to a leaked email (Picture: AP)

David Lochridge (right) said he believed OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush would kill himself and others on his adventure missions, according to a leaked email (Picture: AP)

A former OceanGate staffer told a colleague he feared the company’s CEO would kill him and others in a ‘quest to boost his ego’, a series of stories have revealed. leaked emails.

David Lochridge, a former director of marine operations for OceanGate who worked at the company until 2018, was fired after raising concerns about the future Titan’s safety during much of its construction process.

These warnings were reportedly issued from the factory but have been consistently rejected, it is claimed.

Yesterday it was revealed that the crew would have spent their last moments in the dark, listening to music, it is believed.

It has now emerged that Lochridge emailed project partner Rob McCallum – who also left OceanGate for security reasons – shortly after he was fired in 2018.

In a series of posts, he said he feared CEO Stockton Rush would end up dead on the submersible.

David Lochridge (Photo: OceanGate)

David Lochridge raised concerns about the Titan weeks before it imploded (Picture: OceanGate)

Stockton Rush is CEO and founder (2009) of OceanGate Inc. World-renowned explorer Hamish Harding is among five people missing aboard a tourist submarine visiting the wreck of the Titanic on Monday morning, his family.  Harding's family said the 58-year-old British millionaire was aboard the missing OceanGate Expeditions submarine on Monday, a day after sharing his excitement for the trip.

The email sparked fears over OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush and his quest to boost his ego

THE OceanGate Ship was first reported missing on Sunday, June 18, when the crew including British explorer Hamish Harding and CEO of diving company Stockton Rush had not surfaced.

French submersible pilot Paul-Henri Nargeolet and Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, along with his son Suleman, were also traveling aboard the submarine.

Four days after she went missing, the US Coast Guard said the submersible Titan had been destroyed by a “catastrophic implosion” with the loss of the five people on board.

The New Yorker claims that Lochridge said in an email: ‘I don’t want to be taken as a Tattle tale, but I’m so worried he’s killing himself and others in an attempt to boost his ego. .”

The engineer is said to have continued: “I would consider myself quite brave when it comes to doing dangerous things, but this submarine is an accident waiting.”

“There’s no way on earth you could have paid me to dive the thing.”

Days before sending the email, Lochridge inspected all the important facets of the submarine – which he was already extremely familiar with – and quickly found a litany of red flags.

On the one hand, court documents from a lawsuit since settled by the canceled show from OceanGate staff, Lochridge found glue coming loose at the seams of the vehicle’s ballast bags and mounting bolts misplaced threatened to cause a rupture.


The OceanGate ship departed on June 18 before debris was found on the ocean floor (Picture: Getty)

Undated photo released by OceanGate Expeditions of their submersible vessel named Titan, launched from its platform, which is used to visit the site of the wreck of the Titanic.  Rescue teams are continuing to search for the submersible tourist vessel that disappeared on a voyage to the wreck of the Titanic with British billionaire Hamish Harding among the five people on board.  Issue date: Wednesday June 21, 2023. PA Photo.  See PA story SEA Titanic.  Photo credit should read: OceanGate Expeditions/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.  Reuse of the image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

All five passengers died after the submersible imploded (Picture: PA)

Additionally, the seasoned diver also found issues with the sub’s ceiling faces, noting that they had visible dive holes, while the Titan itself boasted grooves that deviated from standard parameters. .

There were also snagging hazards, the suit notes, with important components allegedly attached with zip ties.

Lochridge was also concerned about the presence of flammable floor coverings, as well as interior vinyl wraps which he claimed would routinely emit highly toxic gases when ignited.

That said, in that long list of potential safety risks, Lochridge’s main concern – and the part of the sub that would ultimately fail during its dive last month – was the carbon fiber core, responsible for holding the passengers alive in the icy depths where the wreckage of the Titanic resides.

The Titan submersible descending in dark water.

The Titan submersible is lowered without lights to save battery life (Picture: Getty)

Shahzada Dawood, left, and her son Suleman.  Mr Dawood's wife, Christine, said her husband could not contain his excitement about the Titanic trip, saying:

Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawoo and his 19-year-old son Suleman before the expedition

There, the external water pressure is around 6,000 pounds per square inch, a pressure that would be felt from all angles around the ship’s all-important hull.

As for Lochridge, the fact that the pressure chamber was made of carbon fiber – a temperamental material not used in any other deep ocean submersible, makes it largely untested.

Lochridge argued the Titan needed more testing – claiming passengers could be put at risk when it reached “extreme depths”, according to the lawsuit in Seattle District Court.

“The verbal communication of the key items I have addressed in my attached document has repeatedly been rejected, so I now feel I must make this report so that there is an official record in place,” reportedly wrote. Lochridge about his refusal to sign the sub.

“Until appropriate corrective actions are in place and closed, Cyclops 2 (Titan) should not be occupied during future testing.”

As a result, according to the New Yorker report, Rush was furious – and fired Lochridge almost on the spot.

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