The Titanic sub victims who died when their underwater vessel imploded would have only been aware of their imminent deaths one minute before the implosion.
This is the view of Spanish submarine expert José Luis Martín who said the Titan sub darted down to the seabed "like an arrow vertically" possibly due to a loss in stability resulting from an electrical failure.
Martín revealed he thought the vessel would have fallen at around 5,600 feet "as if it were a stone and without any control".
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He said it would have fallen to around 8,600 feet, which is when the "popping like a balloon" implosion happened as a result of rapidly changing pressure, reports the Mail.
Martín told Spanish newspaper Nius that what happened "must have been like a horror movie" for all those on board.
"The starting point is that the submarine is descending without any incident and in a horizontal plane until it reached about 1,700 meters (5,500 feet)," he said.
"At that point, there was an electrical failure. It was left without an engine and without propulsion. That's when it lost communication with the Polar Prince.
"The Titan changed position and fell like an arrow vertically, because the 400 kilos of passengers that were in the porthole compromised the submarine. They all rushed and crowded on top of each other.
"Imagine the horror, the fear and the agony. It must have been like a horror movie."
The expert added the passengers would have been piled on top of each other in total darkness as the freefall happened, predicted to have lasted from 48 to 71 seconds.
Titan lost all communication with its support vessel on Sunday, June 18, 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada during a trip to the wreck of the Titanic – which is 12,500 feet beneath the surface.
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A few days later tourists Hamish Harding, 58, Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Sulaiman Dawood, 19, French Navy pilot Paul-Henry (PH) Nargeolet and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush were all confirmed to have died on the Titan.
"In that period of time they are realizing everything. And what's more, in complete darkness. It's difficult to get an idea of what they experienced in those moments. After those 48 seconds, or one minute, the implosion and instantaneous sudden death occur," the expert added while comparing the implosion to "puncturing like a balloon".
The US Coast Guard said an investigation is ongoing.
Despite the horror implosion, a deep-sea explorer who dived the Titanic with director James Cameron says tourist trips to the wreck site should continue – but with one crucial condition.
Parks Stephenson believes expeditions should continue.
Parks worked with the Titanic director as a technical advisor on his film, Ghosts of the Abyss, and co-authored a book with him, Exploring the Deep.
He’s also dived the Titanic wreck twice and was on several expeditions with Paul-Henri Nargeolet, who died last month when OceanGate’s Titan sub imploded.
But despite the disaster killing the five people on board instantly last month, the explorer believes expeditions to the wreck should continue with one very important caveat. Read more here.
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