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British billionaire in missing submersible helped India to bring cheetahs from Namibia

The British billionaire, who was onboard the missing tourist sub, had collaborated with the Indian government on the project to bring on cheetahs from Namibia

The submersible lost contact about an hour and 45 minutes into its dive in the mid-Atlantic on SundayPremium
The submersible lost contact about an hour and 45 minutes into its dive in the mid-Atlantic on Sunday

Hamish Harding, a British businessman, who had helped India bring the wild cheetahs from Nambia to the country, is one of the five persons who are missing onboard the tourist submersible which dived into the Atlantic Ocean to view the wreckage of the Titanic, the iconic ocean liner. Hamish Harding had collaborated with the Indian government to reintroduce eight wild cheetahs from Namibia to India.

British Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood and his son were also onboard the sub. They are yet to be located along with the other members who dived in.

According to the reports, the submersible lost contact about an hour and 45 minutes into its dive in the mid-Atlantic on Sunday. The submersible, belonging to OceanGate Expeditions, had taken the eight-day-mission for USD 250,000 per person. The company has confirmed that its submersible has lost contact.

The company’s chief executive, Stockton Rush, previously described the craft as “rock solid", is also believed to be on board. The company said in a statement that it is “exploring and mobilising all options to bring the crew back safely."

French explorer Paul-Henry Nargeolet is also onboard the submersible.

Hamish Harding also worked on a project to launch a regular business jet service to the Antarctic, working with a company called White Desert, and also collaborated with the Indian government on a project to reintroduce eight wild cheetahs from Namibia to India in September last year, under the auspices of the Explorers Club.

The British billionaire is known for their extraordinary feats. He visited the South Pole multiple times, ventured into space aboard Blue Origin's fifth human-crewed flight in 2022, and set three world records, including the longest dive at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. 

Over the weekend, Hamish Harding said on social media that a ship had set off from the city of St John's, in Newfoundland, Canada, for the destination of the Titanic wreck. He wrote on Facebook that he was "proud to finally announce" that he would be aboard the mission to the wreck of the Titanic.

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Published: 20 Jun 2023, 06:49 PM IST
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