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James Cameron Calls Out Eerie 'Similarity' Of Titanic Sinking And Submersible Tragedy

The 'Titanic' director pointed to both ship captains ignoring repeated warnings before embarking on their fateful voyages.

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In the riveting arc of this week's tragedy of people perishing in a submersible accident while going to see the ruins of the Titanic, one person's commentary has been missing, until now.

James Cameron, the director of Titanic as well as one of the worlds' foremost deep sea explorers, finally talked with ABC news about his thoughts on the similarities of engineering, hubris and tragedy in the two accidents separated by 111 years.

Cameron said:

"Many people in the [deep-submergence engineering] community were very concerned about this sub, and a number of you know of the top players in the community even wrote letters to the company, saying that what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers and needed to be certified and so on."

He continued, directly comparing the original Titantic voyage to the recent disaster.

“I’m struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned about ice ahead of his ship and yet he steamed at full speed into an ice field on a moonless night."
"And many people died as a result.”

Many were quick to comment on the tragedy, especially Cameron's take on it.

Others commented on Cameron's suitability to comment on this situation specifically.

He was both the director of the Titanic films, but also a noted deep-sea explorer.

Still others discussed the unique issues this tragedy contained, especially as relates to ignoring engineers.

One person summarized his whole message.

Someone else realized something about Cameron's career.

Cameron once said in a 2009 interview he would "make a Hollywood movie to pay for an expedition."