By Stephen M. Lepore For Dailymail.Com
05:01 24 Jun 2023, updated 09:11 24 Jun 2023
- OceanGate had an ‘urgent’ job listing for a sub pilot posted this week
- TikTok users found the posting and roundly mocked the company
- Five were confirmed dead in the tragedy Thursday, including CEO Stockton Rush
A TikTok account discovered that OceanGate had an ‘urgent’ job posting for a submersible pilot before the crash that killed five people, as social media has continued to obsess over the tragedy.
On Thursday, five were confirmed dead in the tragedy, including the CEO of OceanGate, Stockton Rush, 61; French explorer Paul_Henry Nargeolet; British billionaire explorer Hamish Harding, 58; and Pakistani father and son Shahzada Dawood, 48; and Suleman Dawood, 19.
The company had a job posting on their website and networking app Indeed this past week, looking for a sub pilot. It has since been scrubbed from their Indeed page as of Friday morning.
They sought ‘a committed and competent individual with combination of strong mechanical and interpersonal skills who can work on sensitive marine equipment, perform regular maintenance and operate complex systems to support dive operations.’
Multiple TikTok accounts have discovered the posting and have led some to mock the company, according to The Messenger. OceanGate has taken a lot of criticism on social media since the Titan was reported missing.
Some even thought they were already trying to replace Rush or other OceanGate employees in the wake of their death, though it was likely posted before this week.
‘Don’t work yourself to death for any company, they’ll replace you before you’re even buried in the ground,’ wrote one user.
‘This literally proves what everyone says about companies filling your position the second you die,’ wrote a second, whose video has since been taken down.
A spokesperson for OceanGate, who have shut down operations in-office indefinitely, said the company was not ‘providing additional information’ beyond their immediate reaction to the deaths confirmed Thursday.
The Titanic Five were killed instantly when the submersible suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’ just 1,600ft from the bow of the wrecked ocean liner, the US Coast Guard announced yesterday. A remote operated submarine from a Canadian ship found debris on the ocean floor.
But search and rescue officials say the men likely died on Sunday – before military planes using sonar buoys detected what they thought could have been SOS ‘banging’ sounds in the water.
The US Navy said they heard a sound consistent with an implosion when communications were lost around two hours after they dived. The Navy passed on that information to the Coast Guard, an insider said.
According to court documents, safety concerns had previously been raised about the Titan submersible by a former employee of OceanGate.
David Lochridge, OceanGate’s former director of marine operations, claimed wrongful dismissal after flagging worries about the company’s alleged ‘refusal to conduct critical, non-destructive testing of the experimental design’.
OceanGate boss Rush had been warned years before that his ‘experimental approach’ could lead to a catastrophe.
It would have been an instant death for the men, some of whom had paid $250,000 each to see the famous shipwreck.
In a gut-wrenching blow for their families, experts say there is little prospect of recovering any of their remains.
‘This is an incredibly unforgiving environment down there. The debris is consistent of a catastrophic implosion of the vessel.. we’ll continue to work and search the area down there – but I don’t have an answer for prospects at this time,’ Paul Hankin, a deep sea expert involved in the search, said.
Rush said in a video posted online in 2021 that he had ‘broken some rules’ to create the vessel and added: ‘The carbon fiber and titanium, there’s a rule you don’t do that – well I did.’
He also said in 2020 that the hull had ‘showed signs of cyclical fatigue’.
Carbon fiber is prone to delamination, the process whereby a material fractures into layers while put under pressure.