A Titanic diver broke down in tears in an emotional interview and said he knows what the five passengers went through and what they felt while they were ‘being buried alive in the tin can.’
Dr. Michael Guillen became the first TV correspondent to ever visit the historic wreck in a Russian sub in 2000.
Speaking about his own experience from 23 years ago, Dr. Guillen said on ITV,
“Every minute that you’re buried alive in this tin can, it stretches out for eternity. You lose any sense of time. I feel like I’m down there with them. I know what they went through.”
“I feel it, I’m very empathetic, and I was hoping that they would experience that second chance of life that I did, and I almost feel guilty talking to you this morning about how I was given that second chance.”
His comments came yesterday before it was announced that the Titan submersible suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’ and all the five crew members on board have ‘sadly been lost.’
“It’s pretty remote that they’re gonna be given a second chance and it’s a terrible way to go,” he said. “My only hope and prayer is that they experience that sense of peace that I did when I was ready to let go of my life.”
Earlier this week, the veteran Titanic diver also shared news footage of the incident he was involved in. It told how his vessel was suddenly caught in a powerful underwater current pushing it towards the Titanic’s 21-ton propellers.
“TITANIC ACCIDENT. When I was at ABC News, I became the first TV correspondent in history to report from the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, 2-1/2 miles below the surface. An accident happened that almost claimed my life. Here’s what happened. #Titanic #Accident,” he wrote alongside the footage clip on Twitter.
Dr. Michael Guillen was on the submersible called the Mir 1, which was built in 1987.
He also wrote a book about his experience called ‘Believing is Seeing’ in 2021, detailing the incident.
“It seemed to me we were heading toward it [the propeller] too fast – and, worse, accelerating. Later, I learned that our sub accidentally got caught in a fast-moving, deep-underwater current. A split-second later, Mir 1 slammed into the Titanic’s propeller,” he wrote in his book.
“I felt the shock of the collision: rusty debris showered down on our submersible, obscuring my view through the porthole.”
According to Dr. Michael, there came a moment when he thought all hope was lost and they wouldn’t be able to make it out of the water alive.
Fortunately, Guillen and his team managed to move the vessel and freed Mir 1 from the propeller. In his words, he still doesn’t understand how he and his team made it out of there alive.
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Source: Daily Mail