Jewish Financier Gave Up ‘Titan’ Sub Seats That Went to Billionaire and His 19-Year-Old Son

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Jay Bloom, a Jewish investor and real estate developer from Las Vegas, revealed that he and his son Sean gave up their seats on the Titan submersible that imploded in the Atlantic Ocean during a trip to view the wreck of the Titanic, killing five people on board.

On Monday, Bloom shared on Facebook that OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush – the company that operated the Titan submersible – had invited him and his son to join a dive to the Titanic wreck site in May. They declined due to scheduling conflicts and safety concerns.
“So this is crazy… I got invited to go on this dive,” Bloom wrote. “If I accepted, I would’ve been one of the five onboard right now.”

He continued, “Stockton Rush has been trying to get me to go for a year now. I last saw him at Luxor when we went through the Titanic Exhibition together. I spoke with him a couple of weeks ago and he told me they had an opening on this dive. I hope they’re OK. But they’ve been down for 48 hours now with no communication. It’s supposed to be an eight hour dive.”

It was revealed on Thursday that Rush — along with British billionaire Hamish Harding, French Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman — died when the submersible imploded 1,600 feet from the Titanic wreckage.

In another post shared by Bloom on Thursday evening, along with screenshots of text messages between himself and Rush, the OceanGate co-founder assured him that the voyage was “safer than flying in a helicopter or even scuba diving.”

In the texts, Rush was offered the seats at $150,000 each as a “last minute price” instead of the usual $250,000 fee.

“In February Stockton asked me and my son, Sean, to go with him on the dive to Titanic in May,” Bloom wrote. “Both May dives were postponed due to weather and the dive got delayed until June 18th, the date of this trip.”

When Bloom expressed safety concerns, he says Rush replied, “There hasn’t been even an injury in 35 years in a non-military subs.”

Bloom continued, “I am sure he really believed what he was saying. But he was very wrong. He passionately believed in what he was doing.”

Bloom further recalled more of his conversation when he last saw Rush on March 1 at the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor in Las Vegas. There, they discussed the dive and its safety aspects over lunch in the food court

“He was absolutely convinced that it was safer than crossing the street,” Bloom wrote.

He also added, “I told him that due to scheduling we couldn’t go until next year. Our seats went to Shahzada Dawood and his 19 year old son, Suleman Dawood, two of the other three who lost their lives on this excursion (the fifth being Hamish Harding).”

“One last time.. RIP Stockton and crew,” Bloom said. “Tomorrow is never promised. Make the most of today.”



  1. Mr. Bloom – you and your son need to say Birchas Hagomel and give this money to Tzedakah for Hashem saved you both.

  2. that lowlife will no longer harm anyone else and now the industry will be regulated, as it clearly has proven incapable of self-policing (in fairness, they tried). Devastating it took 4 innocent lives and the ignorant, arrogant dimwit was not stopped until his own death.

  3. Thank you for writing a stupid headline that conspiracy theorists would love. Two Jewish people refused seats, as did many others. The way you wrote it it looks like they bought them. Think a tiny little bit before writing trash that can be twisted to hurt us.


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