James Cameron Recounted The Moment He Started To Believe The Titan Submersible Had Imploded, And It Was Before The Coast Guard's Press Briefing

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On Thursday, the US Coast Guard announced that all five passengers in the Titan submersible that went missing near the Titanic shipwreck site were presumed dead after an implosion.

The Titan submersible  on its platform on the sea surface
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For James Cameron, the Titanic film director and deep-submergence explorer, the Coast Guard’s statement confirmed what he’d suspected earlier this week.

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James spoke with Anderson Cooper about the Titan submersible on CNN Thursday night and revealed that on Monday, he started to believe that it had imploded.

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Though the submersible went missing Sunday, James said he was on a ship at the time and didn’t hear about it until Monday morning. He then contacted his contacts in the deep-submergence community and began hypothesizing that an implosion might have occurred based on the information he was receiving.

The submersible underwater

“The only scenario that I could come up with in my mind that could account for that was an implosion,” he said.

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Later on Monday, James said he got confirmation of “some kind of loud noise consistent with an implosion event.”

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“Then I watched over the ensuing days this whole sort of ‘everybody running around with their hair on fire' search, knowing full well that it was futile — hoping against hope that I was wrong, but knowing in my bones that I wasn’t,” he continued.

US Coast Guard press conference about the submersible
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Given his presumed understanding of the implosion days ago, James also noted that he feels “terrible” for the families who experienced “false hopes” during the search and rescue efforts.

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It's worth noting that James clarified to Anderson that the information he received earlier this week was from "credible sources" but was "hearsay."

Earlier on Thursday, James also appeared on ABC News, where he compared the Titan submersible catastrophe to the Titanic wreckage.

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Watch James's interview with Anderson on CNN below:

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