In a shocking turn of events, popular YouTuber Mr. Beast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, has revealed that he was invited to be aboard the ill-fated Titanic submarine, the Titan, earlier in the month preceding its tragic end. The Titan, a deep-diving submersible, suffered a catastrophic implosion during its voyage to the Titanic shipwreck, instantly killing all five passengers on board.
Donaldson disclosed this information on Twitter, where he stated, “I was invited earlier this month to ride the titanic submarine, I said no. Kind of scary that I could have been on it.” He attached a screenshot of what seemed to be a text message from a friend, which read, “Also, I’m going to the Titanic in a submarine late this month. The team would be stoked to have you along.”
I was invited earlier this month to ride the titanic submarine, I said no. Kind of scary that I could have been on it pic.twitter.com/bQUnaRiczA
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) June 25, 2023
The Titan submersible, a creation of OceanGate, was attempting a historic voyage to the Titanic shipwreck when disaster struck. Reports confirmed the vessel was subject to a “catastrophic implosion,” leading to an extensive four-day search operation. The search concluded with the tragic discovery of a debris field comprising of “five different major pieces of debris” from various sections of the submersible, located about 1600 meters away from the bow of the Titanic.
Experts believe that the catastrophic implosion was a result of the submersible’s unique construction. The Titan’s pressure vessel was built from a combination of titanium and composite carbon fiber – materials with vastly different properties when exposed to extreme pressure. The discrepancy between these materials could have potentially led to “delamination”, a phenomenon where the layers of reinforcement separate. This defect, under the intense underwater pressure, could have triggered the instantaneous implosion of the submersible.
Among those on board the Titan was Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate. The entire incident serves as a grim reminder of the inherent risks associated with deep-sea exploration and stands as a testament to the unexpected turns life can take. In Mr. Beast’s case, a declined invitation may have been the difference between life and death.