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Paul-Henri Nargeolet Biography – Paul-Henri Nargeolet Wiki

Paul-Henri Nargeolet was a French deep-sea explorer and Titanic expert. He served as the Director of Underwater Research for E/M Group and RMS Titanic, Inc. He specialised in deep-diving and piloting submersibles.

Nargeolet had an impressive and tenured history with Titanic. Widely considered the leading authority on the wreck site, he led several expeditions to Titanic, completed 37 dives in the submersible himself, and supervised the recovery of 5,000 artifacts, including the recovery of the “big piece” a 20-ton section of Titanic’s hull (now on display in Las Vegas).

In 2010 Nargeolet served as the expedition leader on the most technologically advanced dive to Titanic spearheading the first comprehensive survey map of the Ship, including imaging the bow and stern sections and her entire artifact debris field in high-resolution sonar and 3D optical imagery.

Born in Chamonix, France, Nargeolet lived in Africa for 13 years with his family and at 16 returned to France to complete his studies in Paris. He later joined the French Navy for a career that spanned 22 years and saw him rise in the ranks to Commander.

In 1986, Nargeolet retired from the Navy and joined the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of Sea (IFREMER) in charge of the deep submersibles Nautile and Cyana. While at IFREMER, P.H. led the first recovery expedition to the Titanic in 1987.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet Age

Paul-Henri Nargeolet was born on 2 March 1946 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France. He died on June 18, 2023. He was 77 years old.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet Wife – Paul-Henri Nargeolet Partner

Paul-Henri Nargeolet was married to Anne Nargeolet. She lives in Connecticut.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet Family

Paul-Henri Nargeolet’s wife, Anne, who is French, lives in Connecticut, while his children live outside of France, according to Reuters. He is survived by his wife, Anne, daughter, Sidonie Nargeolet, and stepson John Nathaniel Paschall. He is preceded in death by his first wife Michele Marsh, who died in 2017 at the age of 63.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet First Wife

French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet was married to his first wife Michele Marsh until her death in 2017 at the age of 63 due to complications related to breast cancer. Michele was previously married to Nathaniel Price Paschall, with whom she had a son, John Nathaniel Paschall.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet Children

Paul-Henri Nargeolet has four children including daughter Sidonie Nargeolet and stepson John Nathaniel Paschall. In October 2019, the Irish Examiner reported that “Paul Henri lives in Connecticut, while his adult children live in Cork, where his grandson attends the city’s Cork Educate Together National School.”


French oceanographer Paul-Henri Nargeolet died aboard a submersible vessel. He was one of five people on the Titan, a 22-foot submersible created by OceanGate Expeditions that imploded during a tour of the Titanic wreckage on June 18, 2023.

“Our hearts are with the families and friends of those aboard the submersible as we are collectively and individually mourning the loss of our long-term employee and colleague Paul Henri ‘PH’ Nargeolet,” said Jessica Sanders, CEO and president of RMS, Titanic, Inc. said in a statement. “The maritime world has lost an iconic and inspirational leader in deep-sea exploration, and we have lost a dear and treasured friend.”

The sub appeared to have vanished off the coast of southeastern Canada on Sunday, leading to a multiple-day search and rescue mission for the vessel and its passengers, which would have only had a 96-hour supply of oxygen.

Rescuers found on Thursday a debris field at the bottom of the ocean near the Titanic. The debris, discovered by a remotely operated underwater robot, “is consistent with a catastrophic implosion of the vessel,” said Rear Adm. John Mauger of the First Coast Guard District.

Nargeolet and the other passengers OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, wealthy British businessman Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son, Suleman Dawood were “sadly…lost,” OceanGate said.

“The outpouring of support in this highly complex search operation has been great appreciated. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of the crew,” Mauger said.

OceanGate Statement

June 22, 2023: “We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost.

“These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans. Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time. We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.

“This is an extremely sad time for our dedicated employees who are exhausted and grieving deeply over this loss. The entire OceanGate family is deeply grateful for the countless men and women from multiple organizations of the international community who expedited wide-ranging resources and have worked so very hard on this mission. We appreciate their commitment to finding these five explorers, and their days and nights of tireless work in support of our crew and their families.

“This is a very sad time for the entire explorer community, and for each of the family members of those lost at sea. We respectfully ask that the privacy of these families be respected during this most painful time. “


In a 2019 interview with the Irish Examiner, Paul Henri Nargeolet discussed the risks associated with his work, which revolved around the great, ghostly hulk of the wreck of the Titanic.

“If you are 11m or 11km down, if something bad happens, the result is the same,” the former French Naval Captain said. “When you’re in very deep water, you’re dead before you realise that something is happening, so it’s just not a problem.”

The Frenchman remembered the first time he laid eyes on the ship’s bow, the most intact part of the vessel whose sinking proved fatal to 1,500 men, women and children.

“Normally when we are working in the sub, we talk all the time,” Paul Henri said. “We video everything so you can play it back: this first day, when we arrived at the bow, for 10 minutes we were in absolute silence. Not a sound, from three people.

“I was imagining the people on the deck, and all the things I already knew about the Titanic were going through my mind.”

Paul-Henri Nargeolet Net Worth

According to Forbes, Paul-Henri Nargeolet’s net worth is currently unknown. Some outlets have reported that Nargeolet had an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion. However, Nargeoletdoes not feature on Forbes’ list of billionaires.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet Religion

He was reportedly a Christian.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet Nationality

Paul-Henri Nargeolet was of French-American nationality. He became an American citizen in 2016.