The US Coast Guard has begun investigating what caused the Titan submarine catastrophe.
Chief investigator Cpt Jason Neubauer, the debris recovery would take precedence, and procedures would be taken in case 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 into the Titanic wreck, the Titan exploded, killing all five aboard.
Cpt Neubauer informed Boston-area media that the US Coast Guard had 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 it would be run by French, British, and Canadian officials.
The investigation begins, 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.”
Cpt Neubauer stated that once all 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.
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On Saturday, Canadian investigators boarded the support ship as part of their inquiry into the catastrophe.
When asked about the expense of the search and rescue effort, US Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Mauger, who also talked to reporters, declined 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 our lives and resources to save others. We are what we are.