According to his aunt, Suleman Dawood, the teenager who tragically lost his life during the implosion of the Titan submersible, was experiencing fear and hesitation before embarking on the ill-fated expedition to view the wreckage of the Titanic.
Suleman, aged 19, was accompanied by his father, Shahzada Dawood, a Pakistani businessman, and three others when the catastrophic event occurred.
In the days leading up to the voyage, it has been revealed that Suleman, a university student, had expressed doubts and concerns about the mission. Azmeh Dawood, Shahzada’s sister, shared with NBC News that Suleman had confided in a relative, expressing that he was not enthusiastic about the expedition and felt terrified about the deep-sea journey.
Azmeh expressed her own worries, imagining Suleman, at the age of 19, potentially struggling for breath inside the submersible.
One of Shahzada Dawood’s friends, Bill Diamond, the CEO of the SETI Institute, speculated that the businessman may not have fully comprehended the associated risks of the mission, emphasizing that he was not typically inclined towards taking risks.
Diamond stated that Shahzada saw the expedition as an extraordinary adventure to share with his son and believed that he would not have taken Suleman on board if he had perceived a significant level of danger.
The Dawood family is renowned as one of Pakistan’s prominent families, and their company, Dawood Hercules Corp, based in Karachi, is involved in various sectors such as agriculture, petrochemicals, and telecommunication infrastructure.
Additionally, Shahzada served as a member of the board of trustees for the California-based SETI Institute, an organization dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.