The spouse of lacking OceanGate CEO onboard Titan submersible is a descendent of two well-known Titanic victims: the New York Instances

  • The spouse of lacking OceanGate CEO is a descendent of two well-known Titanic victims, per the New York Instances.
  • Wendy Rush is the great-great-granddaughter of Isidor and Ida Straus, a rich couple who died within the 1912 sinking.
  • Isidor, the co-owner of Macy’s, and his spouse impressed an iconic scene in James Cameron’s “Titanic”‘

The spouse of the lacking OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush is a descendent of two well-known Titanic victims, the New York Instances reported on Wednesday, citing archival data.

Wendy Rush is a great-great-granddaughter of Isidor and Ida Straus, a rich aged couple who died when the ocean liner sank in 1912. Isidor was the co-owner of the division retailer Macy’s.

Wendy is expounded to one of many Straus’ daughters on her father’s facet, Joan Adler, the manager director of the Straus Historic Society, advised the New York Instances.

Wendy married Stockton in July 1986, per a New York Instances wedding ceremony announcement.

She is the director of communications at OceanGate and an expedition crew member, in response to her Linkedin web page. Nonetheless, she isn’t named on the OceanGate Expeditions crew web page that Insider accessed utilizing Wayback Machine.

Isidor and Ida Straus had been first-class passengers on the Titanic they usually selected to die collectively when the ship began sinking after hitting an iceberg, their great-grandson Paul A. Kurzman advised the At present Present in December 2017.

Whereas ladies and youngsters got precedence to board the lifeboats, a ship’s officer made an exception for Isidor on account of his age, and who he was, Kurzman stated.

“And, my great-grandfather stated, ‘No. Till I see that each girl and youngster on board this ship is in a lifeboat, I cannot enter right into a lifeboat myself,’” he advised the At present Present.

With that, Ida made the choice to remain behind together with her husband, Kurzman added.

Ida’s maid, Ellen Hen, survived the sinking and witnessed the aged couple’s final moments, Kurzman advised Nation Residing Journal in December 2017.

After Ida handed Hen her coat, saying that she had no additional want for it, the aged couple was swept away by the ocean, Kurzman stated.

“Isidor wrapped his arms round her,” Kurzman advised Nation Residing Journal. “Then, an awesome wave came visiting the port facet of the ship and swept them each into the ocean. That was the final time they had been seen alive.”

The Straus’ tragic story impressed an iconic, heartbreaking scene in James Cameron’s “Titanic” of an aged man and girl embracing one another in mattress as their room begins to flood.


Scene from “Titanic.”

Paramount Photos

Isidor’s stays had been recovered after two weeks, the New York Instances reported in Could 1912, however Ida’s physique was by no means discovered.

The lacking Titan submersible has not been discovered and the oxygen provide on the vessel is dwindling. Primarily based on estimates that the US Coast Guard gave on Monday afternoon, the oxygen on the submersible will possible final till Thursday afternoon E.T., Insider beforehand reported.

Because the search goes on, OceanGate — the corporate behind the Titan submersible and the shipwreck expeditions — is below scrutiny for its security requirements, Insider beforehand reported.

Wendy Rush didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Insider despatched exterior of normal enterprise hours.