"Pause" During Final Moments

Kyle Naber

Oct 5, 2016
Many survivors noted that the stern seemed to pause before it took its final plunge. One even said that they observed a single porthole and it never drew nearer to the water for a few seconds. What could have caused this? What point in the sinking are they talking about?

I wonder if they're mentioning how either:

1) The center of the ship sort of stabilized as the bow sank at the same rate of the rising stern before the break

2) The stern settled back and floated for a time before the bow achieved 90 degrees and began to pull it down

3) If the stern rose up again quickly, and then slowed as the double bottom finally detached (Like here
at 25:25).

Any thoughts?

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