Stepson of British billionaire on Titanic sub defends attending Blink-182 gig

The stepson of British billionaire Hamish Harding, who is among those missing onboard the Titan submersible, has defended going to a Blink-182 concert amid the search.

The deep-sea vessel, which was diving to the Titanic shipwreck, lost communication with tour operators on Sunday, June 18, approximately 435 miles south of St John’s, Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada.

Titan has five people on board, including Harding, Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman and OceanGate’s chief executive and founder Stockton Rush, reportedly together with French submersible pilot Paul-Henry Nargeolet.

On Monday night, Harding’s stepson Brian Szasz backed his decision to see a Blink-182 show during the ongoing high-stakes rescue mission.

Taking to his Instagram Stories, he posted a picture of him outside the venue, writing: ‘Yes I went to @blink-182 last night.

‘What am I supposed to do sit at home and watch the news? Not sorry this band has helped me through hard times since 1998.’

According to multiple reports, the audio engineer, 37, also spoke out on Facebook in a now-deleted post.

‘It might be distasteful being here but my family would want me to be at the blink-182 show as it’s my favorite band and music helps me in difficult times!’ he said.

Breaking the news of Harding’s disappearance in a previous post, Brian penned: ‘Hamish my stepdad is lost in a submarine thoughts and prayers that the rescue mission will be successful.’

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It was reported on Wednesday morning that noises have been detected from the search area of the missing vessel near the wreck site of the Titanic as those on board face a dwindling supply of oxygen.

The US Coast Guard said: ‘Canadian P-3 aircraft detected underwater noises in the search area. As a result, ROV (remote operating vehicles) operations were relocated in an attempt to explore the origin of the noises.

‘Those ROV searches have yielded negative results but continue.

‘Additionally, the data from the P-3 aircraft has been shared with our U.S. Navy experts for further analysis which will be considered in future search plans.’

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