Nigerian billionaire businessman and politician, Senator Ned Nwoko has expressed sadness over the loss of his close friend and business partner, Hamish Harding.
Hamish Harding died during a submarine expedition to visit the ruins of the Titanic ship.
Senator Nwoko and Harding had together in 2020 embarked on an expedition to Antarctica.
The Prince of Anioma Nation, who represents Delta North Senatorial District in the 10th National Assembly took to his official Instagram account to mourn the passing of his friend and business partner.
He wrote, “I have lost a very dear friend and business partner. Captain Hamish Harding. We both went on a very dangerous expedition to the Southpole Antarctica few years back. He was a gulf stream pilot who flew across the world in a record-breaking expedition by Guinness world record for circumnavigation of the Earth some years ago.
“He descended into the Mariana. He also invited me on his space shuttle last year and this very Titan ill-fated adventure but I was tied down with national duties. Above all he was a partner on the various researches into eradication of malaria in Africa project. He was very enthusiastic about it and always gave his support at every given opportunity.
“His last message to me was this last Sunday when he told me they were ready to dive to the Titanic if the weather permits. He loved adventure and challenges. My heart bleeds for his dear wife and kids who have become family friends over the years. We will surely miss his wealth of experience.”
The US Coast Guard said Thursday that their Titanic-bound submersible suffered a “catastrophic implosion” killing all five people on board.
Hamish Harding died in the Titan’s fatal final voyage along with Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, and Stockton Rush, the CEO of the tour organiser, OceanGate Expeditions.
Their submersible was on a voyage to explore the wreckage of the luxury liner, located 900 miles east of Cape Cod at 13,000 feet below sea level.