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19-year-old Titan sub passenger was ‘terrified’ to join the expedition, but wanted to please his Titanic enthusiast dad on Father’s Day

19-year-old Suleman Dawood, who accompanied his father on the missing Titan vessel, expressed hesitation to go but joined as he was eager to join his father on Father’s Day who is passionate about the lore of Titanic.

Son of Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, Suleman is said to have informed a relative of theirs that he “wasn’t very up for it” and is “terrified” about the expedition, Suleman’s aunt, Azmeh Dawood, told NBC.

The 19-year-old university student ended up going aboard for his father, who is a big fan of the Titanic, as the trip is during the weekend of Father’s Day.

Suleman Dawood and Shahzada Dawood
Suleman and Shahzada Dawood

Azmeh shared that Shahzada is “absolutely obsessed” with the Titanic from a young age. According to her, she and Shahzada would watch the 1958 film “A Night to Remember,” which is about the sinking of the Titanic.

She also mentioned that Shahzada loves to go to exhibitions featuring artifacts from the wreckage of the ship and was not surprised that her brother joined the expedition by OceanGate.

Suleman, and his father Shahzada, is among the five passengers aboard the missing OceanGate’s 22-foot submersible, Titan, headed to the wreckage of the Titanic.

On June 23 (PST), the five passengers are presumed to be dead as debris from the submersible was found in the search area with a “catastrophic implosion,” said the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I am thinking of Suleman, who is 19, in there, just perhaps gasping for breath … It’s been crippling, to be honest,” Azmeh said. “I feel disbelief, it’s an unreal situation.”

Azmeh and Shahzada are part of the most prominent corporate dynasties in Pakistan, with the business empire Dawood Hercules Corp., having investments in different industries.


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