A British billionaire who is aboard a missing submarine spoke out about bad weather conditions just hours before he disappeared.
Hamish Harding, 58, is one of five people aboard the submarine that took part in an expedition to the Titanic’s wreckage.
Rescue crews desperately search the Atlantic after the £200,000 voyage disappears.
The expedition also includes Harding, CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai.
Yesterday he posted on Facebook about bad weather conditions before the trip.
He said: “Due to the worst Newfoundland winter in 40 years, this mission will likely be the first and only manned mission to Titanic in 2023.”
“A weather window has just opened and we will attempt a dive tomorrow. We started vaping yesterday from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada and plan to start diving operations tomorrow morning around 4am.”
He added: “More Expedition updates to come IF the weather holds!”
The 58-year-old is believed to be one of the leaders of the record-breaking mission to orbit the earth via both poles in 2019.
Today his stepson wrote on Facebook: “Thoughts and prayers for my mother and Hamish Harding.”
He added: “Hamish Harding, my stepfather, has disappeared due to submarine thoughts and prayers.”
OceanGate, one of the few companies offering trips to the ruins, confirmed a major search mission had been launched to “bring the crew back safely”.
Tourist tickets to visit the wreck – which lies around 600km off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada – cost up to £195,000.
The company previously revealed that it uses Elon Musk’s Starlink to communicate with the ship, but it’s not clear what went wrong with the network.
OceanGate’s submarine – Titan – seats one pilot and four other people and has 96 hours of oxygen supply.
A spokesman for OceanGate said: “We are evaluating and mobilizing all options to bring the crew back safely.”
“All of our attention is given to the crew members on the submersible and their families.”
“We are deeply grateful for the extensive support we have received from multiple government agencies and deepwater companies in our efforts to re-establish contact with the submersible.”
“We are working on the safe return of crew members.”
The Sun has reached out to OceanGate for comment.