Ned Nwoko, the renowned Nigerian businessman, philanthropist, and senator representing Delta North District, recently shared a harrowing account of his narrow escape from joining the ill-fated Titan submarine on its tragic voyage. The submarine, which was en route to explore the wreckage of the Titanic, met a catastrophic end, claiming the lives of five individuals, including Nwoko’s close friend and business partner, Captain Hermish Harding.
In an emotional Instagram post, Nwoko revealed that he had been extended an invitation by Harding, a British pilot, to partake in the ambitious Titan adventure. Having previously embarked on daring expeditions together, including a dangerous journey to the South Pole in Antarctica, Nwoko considered Harding a dear friend and admired his adventurous spirit.
Regrettably, due to his commitments to national duties, Nwoko was unable to join the ill-fated expedition. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to Harding’s family and mourned the loss of a remarkable individual who had not only been a trusted companion but also a passionate supporter of their joint efforts in malaria eradication research in Africa.
The Titan submersible, carrying Harding and four other passengers, encountered a tragic fate in the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean. The United States Coast Guard confirmed that a “catastrophic implosion” had occurred, leading to the demise of all on board. The debris from the Titan was discovered near the Titanic wreck, four days after the submarine’s disappearance.
Nwoko’s account paints a poignant picture of the adventurous spirit shared by him and Harding. Their previous exploits, including daring flights and a desire to explore the world’s most intriguing corners, epitomized their shared love for challenges and discovery.
As Nwoko reflects on the profound loss he has experienced, his thoughts extend to Harding’s grieving family, whom he had come to cherish over the years. The void left by Harding’s wealth of experience and his unwavering support for endeavors like malaria eradication in Africa will undoubtedly be deeply felt.
In conclusion, the ill-fated Titan submarine expedition, which claimed the lives of Captain Hermish Harding and four other passengers, including Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Stockton Rush, serves as a somber reminder of the inherent risks associated with daring adventures. Ned Nwoko’s account provides a poignant testimony to the fragility of life and the profound impact of the loss suffered by those who shared extraordinary experiences with the departed.