Stockton Rush, the chief government of OceanGate Expeditions and one of many 5 occupants of the submersible lacking this week within the North Atlantic, has advocated for deep-seas tourism within the face of criticism.
His firm proceeded with its excursions regardless of the “unanimous concern” expressed by three dozen industry leaders in 2018. In an interview last year, he informed The New York Occasions that high-resolution footage gathered on the Titanic excursions may benefit researchers.
“No public entity goes to fund going again to the Titanic,” Mr. Rush stated. “There are different websites which can be newer and doubtless of higher scientific worth.”
Within the interview, he defended the value tag — seats within the Titan value as much as $250,000.
“For individuals who suppose it’s costly, it’s a fraction of the price of going to house, and it’s very costly for us to get these ships and go on the market,” stated Mr. Rush, who based OceanGate in 2009. “And the oldsters who don’t like anyone earning money type of miss the truth that that’s the one approach something will get accomplished on this world.”
By some accounts, Mr. Rush has been a charismatic booster of submersible journeys. Mike Reiss, a author and producer of “The Simpsons,” who took a visit in a unique OceanGate submersible that was piloted by Mr. Rush, in contrast him on Tuesday to Henry Ford and the Wright brothers, describing him as “a magnetic man” who’s “the final of the nice American dreamers.”
Craig Howard, a longtime good friend of Mr. Rush’s, stated on Tuesday that simply earlier than he left Newfoundland for the Titanic website, Mr. Rush informed him he was excited for this yr’s dives.
“And there was all the time a ‘subsequent dive,’” he stated.
Mr. Rush is a descendant of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush and Richard Stockton. He graduated from Princeton with a level in aerospace engineering in 1984, in accordance with his firm biography. In 1989, he personally constructed an experimental plane that he continues to fly, the corporate stated.
In a segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” that aired in November 2022, Mr. Rush informed the interviewer, David Pogue, that he grew up desirous to be an astronaut and, after he earned his diploma, a fighter pilot.
“I had this epiphany that I didn’t need — it wasn’t about going to house,” Mr. Rush stated. “It was about exploring. It was about discovering new life types. I wished to be type of the Captain Kirk. I didn’t need to be the passenger within the again. And I noticed that the ocean is the universe.”
Anushka Patil and Emma Bubola contributed reporting.