Paul Henri Nargeolet, the French diver known as “Mr Titanic”, spent more time than any other explorer at the wreck of the ill-fated liner.
In an interview in 2019, the then 73-year-old was asked whether he ever got scared diving 3,810m to reach the wreck.
“If you are 11m or 11km down, if something bad happens, the result is the same,” the former French naval captain,
who is feared to be on board the missing Titan submarine, told the Irish Examiner.
“When you’re in very deep water, you’re dead before you realise that something is happening, so it’s just not a problem.”
After 22 years in the navy in mine disposal, Mr Nargeolet – who specialises in deep-diving and piloting submersibles – had a variety of jobs.
He participated in the Five Deeps expedition, exploring the deepest parts of all five of the Earth’s oceans,
breaking the record for deepest submersible dive, at 10,928m below surface level.
But for the most part, his career has revolved around the Titanic.
He was in the first human expedition to visit the ship in 1987, just two years after the ghostly wreck was discovered by an autonomous sub.
“That’s it, we’ve done it!” he exclaimed when they came across the prow. He was the first to recover a remnant of the wreck – a silver plate.
Since then, PH, as he is known, visited the wreck at least 35 times.