Among the fragments of the Titan submersible found under the sea would be parts of bodies. Investigators analyze what hpened.
The debris recovered from the small submarine with five people on board that catastrophically imploded to the ocean floor last week contains “presumed human remains”, the US Coast Guard said Wednesday.
Salvaged parts of the Titan submersible, which was traveling on a tourist expedition to view the wreckage of the Titanic, were unloaded from the Canadian ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard pier in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Wednesday morning.
The crews dumped what peared to be the Titan’s hull there, crumpled and twisted with exposed cables and wires. Images from The Canadian Press showed what peared to be a piece of hull plating and other debris being unloaded from the Horizon Arctic, a ship that had deployed a remotely operated vehicle to search for the submersible on the ocean floor.
The US Coast Guard later said it had received debris and evidence, including “suspected human remains”, that had been recovered from the ocean floor in the incident that killed all five passengers on the ship.
The victims are the founder of the company that operated it, a British businessman and explorer who held several Guinness World Records, a father and son from a prominent Pakistani family, and a French maritime expert.
What will they do with the findings?
The evidence will be transported to a port in the United States for “more analysis and tests” by the Marine Board of Investigation, the Coast Guard said.
“The evidence will provide investigators from various international jurisdictions critical information about the cause of this tragedy“Navy Board of Investigation Chairman Ct. Jason Neubauer said in a statement. “There is still a substantial amount of work to be done to understand the factors that led to the catastrophic loss of Titan and to help ensure that a similar tragedy does not hpen again”.
The news comes nearly a week after a remotely operated vehicle discovered wreckage from the Ocean Gate-operated submersible missing on the ocean floor on Sunday. The wreckage, including the tail cone, was found four days later, on June 22, about 500 meters from the bow of the Titanic, which sank in 1912.
Additional wreckage found later was “consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber,” according to Rear Admiral John Mauger, commander of the Coast Guard First District.
The Canadian Coast Guard said at the time that it would remain on the scene and “provide assistance and support to salvage and recovery operations as requested by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Boston.”
Research on the causes
The US Coast Guard is leading an investigation into the deadly crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which said it will “contribute to their efforts.”
In addition, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said over the weekend that they are “examining the circumstances” of the deaths aboard the Titan and will launch a full investigation if “circumstances indicate that federal or provincial criminal laws may have been violated.” “.
In a statement, Pelagic Research Services, which led the deepwater recovery effort, said there were “successfully completed offshore operations” and was in the process of demobilization, which marks the end of a mission and a return to the base of operations.
The crew have been “working day and night for 10 days, through the physical and mental challenges of this operation, and are eager to finish the mission and return to their loved ones,” Pelagic Research Services said in its statement.