The latest victim of the Titanic submarine tragedy was hoping to break a world record with his Rubik’s Cube, and his father brought a camera to capture the moment.
Suleman Dawood, 19, tragically died along with his father Shahzada and three others in the Titanic submarine after it catastrophically imploded.
His mother, Christine Dawood, said her son hoped to solve the Rubik’s Cube during the expedition to the famous shipwreck.
The mum told the BBC: “He said, ‘I’m going to solve the Rubik’s Cube 3,700 meters under the sea on the Titanic.’
Christine and her daughter Alina were on board the PolarShip that launched the submersible.
She continued, “I was really happy for them because they’ve both wanted to do this for a long time.”
Suleman boarded the sub on Father’s Day with his father Shahzada, who Christine said was “childishly excited” about the adventure.
Suleman’s aunt claimed the university student was scared before boarding the submarine earlier this week.
Azmeh Dawood, Mr Dawood’s older sister, said her nephew was “not particularly ready” and was “scared”.
She added he felt compelled to please his father, who had a passion for the Titanic, which sank on April 14, 1912.
She told it from her home in Amsterdam NBC News: “I think of the 19-year-old Suleman in there, who might just be gasping for air… To be honest, it was crippling.”
Azmeh added: “I am in disbelief. It’s an unreal situation.”
The US Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the causes of the disaster, which killed five people.
Chief investigator Captain Jason Neubauer said they hope to recover debris from the submarine and will take “precautions” if human remains are found.
He said: “We conduct disciplined operations with justifiable risk, risking our resources and lives to save others. This is us.”
US Coast Guard spokesman Rear Admiral John Mauger said the debris found after the submersible disappeared was “consistent with the catastrophic loss of the hyperbaric chamber.”
He added: “Following this finding, we notified the families immediately.
“On behalf of the United States Coast Guard and the entire combined command, I offer my deepest condolences to the families. I can only imagine what that was like for her.”
“And I hope this discovery brings some comfort at this difficult time.”
According to experts, the people on board would have been killed instantly by the implosion.
After the couple’s untimely deaths, Christine said that she and her daughter hope to solve the Rubik’s Cube in honor of Suleman.
The grieving mum said: “Is there such a thing as a closure? I don’t know it.”
“I miss her,” she said, taking a deep breath. “I really miss her a lot.”
The others who lost their lives were British billionaire Hamish Harding, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush and French Navy veteran Paul-Henri Nargeolet.