The US coast guard has begun an investigation into what caused the Titan submarine catastrophe.
The recovery of debris would take precedence, according to chief investigator Cpt Jason Neubauer, and procedures would be taken in case any human remains were discovered.
In his remarks on Sunday, he added that the inquiry might suggest civil or criminal penalties.
On June 18, while on a dive to the Titanic wreck, the Titan exploded, killing all five aboard.
Boston-area media were informed by Cpt Neubauer that the US Coast Guard has convened its highest level of inquiry.
He claimed that it would work to determine what caused the catastrophe and offer suggestions to stop similar disasters in the future. He also said that it would be run in conjunction with French, British, and Canadian officials.
The investigation is now in its beginning stages, and work is being done to salvage the sub’s debris. So far, five significant fragments of the Titanic have been discovered 3,800m (12,467ft) below the surface in a sizable debris field close to the ship’s bow.
If they find human remains, Cpt Neubauer said investigators would take “all precautions.”
He said the probe might result in stricter laws and safety advice for submersibles, but he was unable to predict when it would be finished.
Cpt Neubauer stated that once all of the material has been gathered, a formal hearing would probably be held to gather witness testimony.
Interviews were already being done, he said, at St. John’s, Canada, where the Polar Prince, the Titan’s support vessel, had launched the submersible into the North Atlantic Ocean.
Rear Admiral John Mauger of the US Coast Guard, who also talked to reporters, was questioned about the expense of the search and rescue effort but chose not to respond.
He added that “we always answer the call,” adding that it is against service policy to charge for search and rescue or to put a price on saving lives or doing so in the “dangerous environment” of the ocean.
“We carry out well-organized operations at justifiable danger, risking both our lives and our resources to save others. We are what we are.
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