Christine Dawood, wife of Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood, who died on the Titanic with her son, recalls the last moments before the family said their goodbyes. Mrs. Dawood said to BBC that her husband and son were “excited” to go to the bottom of the ocean to see the wreck of the Titanic. Her comments come days after the US Coast Guard said the submersible experienced a “catastrophic explosion”, resulting in the deaths of all five people on board.
“I think I lost hope when we passed the 96-hour mark. That’s when I texted my family ashore and said ‘I’m preparing for the worst.’ But my daughter was It didn’t take until the Coast Guard called and said they had found the wreckage,” Ms. Dawood said, recalling the tragedy.
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Christine is from Germany and works as a coach and psychologist. She previously wrote a blog post about surviving a near-fatal plane crash in 2019, which had a profound effect on her life and changed her career.
Talk to BBCMrs Dawood said her son Suleman went diving with his Rubik’s cube because he wanted to break the world record by completing it underwater.
The 19-year-old has applied to the Guinness World Records to inform them of the endeavor he plans to undertake. The BBC says the teen’s father even brought a camera to capture the moment.
Christine Dawood was aboard the Polar Prince, the submersible’s support ship, with her daughter when communication was lost. The submersible Titan disappeared less than two hours after diving into the wreck of the Titanic that sank in 1912.
When asked about the family’s last moments, Mrs. Dawood said: “Actually we just hugged and joked because Shahzada was so excited to come down. He was like a kid.”
“He has a childlike ability to get excited, so they’re both very excited,” she added.
Mrs Dawood said she was happy for them as the father and son duo “had wanted to do this for a long time”.
Shahzada Dawood and Christine live in Surbiton, Surrey, and are the parents of two children, Alina and Suleman.