Mum of teen killed on Titanic sub swapped places with son before doomed mission

The heartbroken mum of a teenager who died on the Titan submersible said the pair had switched places ahead of the tragic journey.

Suleman Dawood, 19 died alongside his dad Shahzada, British billionaire Hamish Harding, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush and French maritime expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet, when their small craft suffered a catastrophic implosion on their way down to the Titanic wreckage.

Christine Dawood, mother of Suleman and wife of Shahzada told the BBC that she should have been on board the tragic craft but let her excited son take her place instead.

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She said: "It was supposed to be Shahzada and I going down and then I stepped back and gave my place to Suleman as he really wanted to go.

"They were both excited. I was really happy for them because both of them had really wanted to do it for a long, long time."

Christine recalls the last moment she saw her loved ones alive as she stood on Titan's mothership, Polar Prince while the men headed off for their much anticipated mission.

She said: "We just hugged and joked, because Shahzada was so excited to go down, he was like a little child, it was a lifelong dream for him."

But it wasn't long before the dream turned into a nightmare.

Christine added: "The sentence ‘we lost comm’, I think that will be a sentence I never want to hear again in my life.

“We lost comm, as in we lost communications.

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“I was on board the vessel, I was on the ship. I think I lost hope when we passed the 96 hours mark. That’s when I lost hope."

Christine described her husband as infectiously curious about the world around him – the kind of person who made the family watch documentaries after dinner.

She said Suleman had taken his Rubik's Cube with him in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

She added: “I miss them. I really, really miss them.”

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