Nigerian politician Ned Nwoko disclosed that he received an invitation to take part in a tour of the renowned Titanic Shipwreck.
Nigerian lawmaker Ned Nwoko said on Friday that he had been invited to join the tour of the iconic Titanic Ship wreckage while mourning the loss of his friend and partner, Hamish Harding, a passenger in the tragic Titan submersible.
One of the five people killed on board the imploding submersible was Mr. Harding, a British businessman, explorer, and multiple Guinness World Records holder who set a record for the longest time spent traveling through the deepest portion of the ocean in a single dive.
Despite being invited, the politician posted on his verified Instagram account to explain why he couldn’t attend the Titanic trip. In addition, he paid tribute to Mr. Harding while recalling the journeys they had taken together.
On Mr. Nwoko’s Antarctic mission in January 2020, along with a group of scientists from Russia, India, China, the U.S., and the UK, was Late Harding and his adolescent son Giles.
In order to raise awareness of the eradication of malaria in Africa, Mr. Nwoko stated he intended to leverage the international attention the voyage garnered.
“I have lost a great friend and business partner, read his obituary. Hamish Harding, the captain. A few years ago, we both participated in a perilous mission to Southpole, Antarctica. A few years ago, he flew around the globe in a record-breaking Guinness World Records mission to circumnavigate the planet. He was a Gulf Stream pilot. He entered the Mariana via descending”, he said.
“He also extended an invitation to join him on his space shuttle last year and on this tragic Titan expedition, but I had to decline due to obligations to my country. Above all, he was a collaborator on several scientific projects aimed at eliminating malaria in Africa.
Mr. Nwoko remembered Mr. Harding’s final communication regarding the tour before they left on Sunday. He also offered Harding’s family the condolences of his family.
“He always offered his help whenever possible and was really enthusiastic about it. He last communicated with me on Sunday, informing me that they were prepared to board the Titanic if the conditions were favorable.
“He liked challenges and exploration. His dear wife and children, who have become family friends, break my heart. He stated, “We shall certainly miss his breadth of expertise.
The submarine Titanic
On Sunday, the Titanic submersible dove and vanished. According to reports, it had a “catastrophic implosion,” which caused all five of the passengers to go missing.
A catastrophic implosion is when something violently collapses inward. What was scheduled to be a 10-hour tour of the Titanic shipwreck ended tragically due to the implosion.
The OceanGate CEO and founder Stockton Rush, the British businessman Hamish Harding, the French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, the Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood, and his 18-year-old son Suleman Dawood are among those traveling in the submersible.
As per CNN, Known as “Titan,” the submersible set off on its two-and-a-half-hour mission early on Sunday and lost touch with its mother ship, the Polar Prince, an hour and a half later.
Additionally, the United States Coast Guard recently reported that a remotely controlled vehicle located the tail cone and other pieces of the missing submersible’s debris around 1,600 feet from the Titanic’s bow, which is located about 13,000 feet beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Expedition to Antarctica
In 2020, Mr. Ned began a multimillion Naira Malaria eradication project through his organization, the Ned Nwoko organization.
He departed for the Atartica Expedition, where he met eminent scientists from the UK, the United States of America, Russia, India, and China.
The politician flew to the south pole in a modified 1943 DC3 turboprop along with Harding and his son Giles.
Harding’s kid became the youngest person to visit the South Pole thanks to the voyage, and Mr. Nwoko became the second Nigerian to do so.
The first Nigerian to reach Antarctica in 2019 was Arthur Nwabufo, a navigator and cadet at the Far Eastern State Technical Fisheries University in Russia.
They set out from the Antarctica coast on the Cape Town side of the continent, and they landed on January 12, 2020. Once they had arrived, the group unfurled a Nigerian flag at the pole that said, “Let’s Eradicate Malaria in Africa.”
The trio’s Antarctica expedition sought to collect practical, well-researched suggestions for entirely eliminating the malaria scourge from Africa.