During the sinking, he tried to flee to a higher deck as the ship began to sink. He accidentally came across a desperate Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, who were trapped behind a metal gate as the water rose to dangerous levels. Who went to leave but felt sorry for them and decided to unlock the gate. However, he panicked and dropped the keys. Unable to see them, he fled before the water became waist high, abandoning them. Although, by trying to aid the pair, they did manage to get out although it was only just in time.
It is unknown if he survived or not.