A Vegas tycoon didn’t like the odds of surviving a trip aboard the ill-fated Titanic submarine — and his intuition saved his life.
Jay Bloom says he could have been a passenger on the OceanGate-owned Titan submarine that claimed the lives of 5 people after the vessel imploded during a voyage to see the remnants of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean.
OceanGate chief executive Stockton Rush even offered Bloom and his son a sweet discount from $250K to $150K per person — but Bloom still blew it off, which, looking back now, was a life-saving decision.
In a Facebook post, Bloom shared text messages from February he traded with Rush about going on the Titanic expedition.
One text exchange showed how Bloom’s son was clearly apprehensive about going on the voyage with Bloom stating, “My son’s friend researched what could go wrong and put a little scare in him. He’s excited to go, but concerned about the danger.”
Rush was one of four people who died on the sub. The others were British explorer Hamish Harding, researcher/diver Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman.