James Cameron to ABC News, posted this morning: “People in the community were very concerned about this sub. A number of the top players in the in the deep submergence engineering community even wrote letters to the company, saying that what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers and that it needed to be certified. [For] deep-sea diving is a mature art…warnings went unheeded.

“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. For us, it’s a very similar tragedy where warnings went unheeded. To take place at the same exact site with all the diving that’s going on all around the world, I think it’s just astonishing…it’s really quite surreal.”

Stockton Rush is the Bruce Ismay figure here. His actions in this tragedy will forever be regarded as a huge “what the hell was he thinking?”…an unforgettable cautionary tale.

Cameron on the potential pitfalls of a carbon fibre hull, as expressed decades ago: “I told these guys, somebody’s gonna get killed.”