Cameron, the director of the legendary movie that was released in 1997 and starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, stated that he was on a ship when Titan disappeared on Sunday, so he got the news on Monday.
He said he predicted a disaster had occurred from the simultaneous loss of both the submarine’s navigation and communications:
“I felt what was happening down to my bones. The submarine’s electronic and communication system went out at the same time, the radio transmitter went unanswered… I understood what happened to the submarine.”
Cameron also dived 33 times into the wreckage of the Titanic.
“I immediately accessed my contacts from the submarine community and within an hour I got the following information. They were landing. When they were at 3,500 meters, they were heading towards 3,800 meters,” said Cameron, later adding that he learned that their communications and navigation disappeared at the same time:
“If there was no catastrophic event, you wouldn’t lose both at the same time, it must have been a high-energy disaster. The first thing that came to my mind was an implosion.”
Cameron said last week had “turned into a stretched and nightmarish bullshit” with discussions revolving around sea noises, oxygen and other issues.
“I knew the sub would be at its last known depth and position, and it did,” Cameron said.
He said the wreckage was found in a matter of hours or even minutes with the commissioning of a remotely controlled submarine on Thursday.
It was announced that five people aboard the Titan submarine, which was lost in the North Atlantic and set out to see the wreckage of the Titanic, lost their lives.
US Coast Guard officials announced that those on the Titan died as a result of an inward explosion caused by the loss of pressure on the submarine.
Authorities stated that the submarine parts found were the result of a “disastrous explosion” and emphasized that the accident took place 478 meters from the tip of the Titanic wreck.