Franklin Graham said Jesus was inside missing submarine the day before passengers were declared dead

News broke this Thursday that all five passengers who disappeared while attempting to explore the Titanic wreckage in a privately-funded submersible craft were likely dead due to a “catastrophic implosion” of their vessel.

But as the search was still going on Wednesday, the Rev. Franklin Graham called on his followers to pray for the passengers in a post to his Facebook page.

“The world is watching as the search continues for the OceanGate, a submersible vessel that is lost in the depths of the sea with five souls on board. Reports say there is less than 24 hours of oxygen left, and some say the chances are very slim for recovering it,” Graham wrote.

“Pray for the passengers. We know that even in the depths of the sea, God is there. There are billions of people who are lost and separated from God.”

Graham declared “there is hope” for the passengers, “because Jesus Christ came to save us from the depths of sin.”

“He took our sins to the cross, died, was buried, and God raised Him to life on the third day so that we could have the hope of eternal life with Him—if we would turn from our sins and put our faith in Christ,” Graham wrote.

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. John Mauger said at a press conference Thursday that five major pieces of debris had been found on the seafloor about 1,600 feet from the site of the Titanic, which was “consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber.” Just before Mauger’s press conference, the company running the expedition, OceanGate, announced that the five passengers “have sadly been lost.”

The passengers on board were OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, 61; British billionaire and explorer Hamish Harding, 58; Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his 19-year-old son, Suleman; and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, a 77-year-old French explorer.

Sky Palma

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