Mum of 19-year-old killed in Titanic tragedy swapped places with son | UK | News
The mother of the teenage boy who was killed, along with his father and three others on the sinking Titanic, has revealed how she should have been on the ship instead of her son who went on the fatal mission to see the Titanic .
Suleman Dawood, who was 19, joined his dad Shahzada, along with British billionaire Hamish Harding, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush and French maritime expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet on the tragic journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
They went on a deep-dive trip to capture the glory of the famous wreck, about two miles below the surface of the waves, but they never returned after their small craft imploded, killing everyone on board.
After initially causing concern when the parent company lost communication with Titan, a massive search and rescue mission was then undertaken to try and find the thread craft, which turned into a race against time to find them before her oxygen supply ended.
The deadline passed after 96 hours, before debris from the wreck was found by underwater craft sent to the bottom of the sea, and the US Coast Guard then confirmed what happened to the vessel and the five people on board.
Christine Dawood, Suleman’s mother and Shahzada’s wife, has told the BBC that she should have been on board with the trade, but let her son’s excitement take his place.
“It was supposed to be Shahzada as I was going down and then I stepped back and gave my place to Suleman as he wanted to go,” she said.
“They were both excited. I was really happy for them because they both wanted to do it for a long time.”
Christine was the mother of a Titan, Polar Prince, and saw them climb into the craft before she embarked on her one-time mission.
“We hugged and joked, because Shahzada was so excited to go down, he was like a little kid, it was a lifelong dream for him,” she said.
But the dream turned into a terrible nightmare and Christine, still trying to come to terms with the tragedy, revealed her thoughts after they disappeared.
“We lost comm from the phrase ‘we lost comm’, I think it’s a phrase I don’t want to hear again in my life,” she admitted. “We lost comm, like we lost communication.
“I was on board the vessel, I was on the ship. I think I lost hope when we passed the 96 hour mark. That’s when I lost hope.
“I sent a message to my family on shore. I said ‘I’m preparing for the worst’. But my daughter, she didn’t lose hope until the call to the coast guard, when they basically told us they had found debris.
“Is there such a thing as revelation? I do not know.”
She took a long pause, clearly emotional, before adding: “He started so many great projects, he helped so many people and Alina and I want to continue that legacy.”
And on her son Suleman, she said: “He wouldn’t go anywhere without his Rubik’s cube. He taught himself through YouTube how to solve it and was very quick at it. His best was 12 seconds or something like that.
“I miss them. I miss them.”
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