Why the Titan submarine got more attention than the sunken boat with 700 refugees in Greece
Barack Obama has questioned why the Titan submarine that drowned five men has received more media attention than a boat that sank with 700 refugees on board.
The former president made the comparisons while speaking at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens on Thursday, hours before the US Coast Guard confirmed the submarine had exploded.
He said it was 'unsustainable' that the doomed expedition had received more attention than the hundreds killed when a boat capsized 50 miles off the coast of Greece.
The boat overcrowded with hundreds of Pakistani, Syrian, Egyptian and Palestinian refugees sank on June 14 – two days before the $250,000-a-head OceanGate tour of the Titanic wreck was reported missing.
Eighty-two passengers were found dead, 104 of the more than 750 on board were rescued, and the rest are still missing. More than 100 children are among the missing.
“There is a potential tragedy unfolding with the submarine that is getting minute-by-minute coverage around the world. This is understandable because we all want and pray for these people to be saved. "But the fact that this has gotten so much more attention than the fact that 700 people drowned is an unsustainable situation," Obama said.