A billionaire has declared his intention to complete one expedition that just took five lives in the most gruesome way possible

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Wealthy people tend to have plenty of extra money to spend on things like extravagant trips and luxury items.

But some apparently have far more money than common sense.

And now a billionaire has declared his intention to complete one expedition that just took five lives in the most gruesome way possible.

Billionaire in talks with Triton Submarines

As the founder of the real estate investment firm the Connor Group, Larry Connor has amassed an estimated net worth of $2 billion.

And a spokesman for the billionaire recently confirmed reports that he plans to partner with Patrick Lahey, co-founder and CEO of Triton Submarines, to return to the Titanic.

The billionaire plans to help Lahey build a new sub with a goal of returning to the Titanic in the summer of 2026.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Connor called Lahey just a few days after the OceanGate Titan submersible imploded last year. 

The miniature submarine was carrying five passengers, and all of them perished in the tragic incident.

However, Connor told Lahey he wanted to try and build a new sub that could actually withstand the depths required to get up close and personal with the legendary wrecked ship.

Connor also reportedly told Lahey his desire to do this is to “demonstrate to the world that you guys can do that.”

When speaking to the Journal, Connor said, “I want to show people that while the ocean is extremely powerful, it can be wonderful and enjoyable and really kind of life-changing if you go about it the right way.”

The plan is for Lahey and Connor to plunge the depths of the ocean in a submersible called the Triton 4000/2 Abyssal Explorer, a two-person vessel named for its ability to dive to an estimated depth of 4,000 meters.

Connor’s spokesman told Fox Business their goal “is to demonstrate the feasibility of constructing and operating a never-before-built, one-of-a-kind submersible capable of deep-sea exploration.”

According to Triton Submarines, the vessel is a “high-performance, flexible platform designed specifically for professional applications.”

A description on the Triton website reads, “Fully deployed, the Gull Wings raise the vehicle’s propulsion up and away from the seabed, ensuring that delicate species of free-floating objects remain undisturbed.”

Risk versus reward

While some might say another attempt to reach the Titanic in a small submersible vessel is dangerous, others feel the reward is worth the risk.

In July 2023, Triton used one of its subs to achieve “the world’s deepest dive” to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, with British biologist Sir David Attenborough in attendance.

The subs have also been used to visit the Arctic Ocean, the Mariana Trench, and other awe-inspiring locations.

Despite the recent successes, the OceanGate submersible underwent a catastrophic implosion last June just one hour and 45 minutes into its descent.

But for now, it doesn’t appear that tragedies like that one are enough to keep the ultra-wealthy from exploring the ocean depths in the future.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.