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Audio recordings from Titanic sub will now be examined as police begin investigation
Featured Image Credit: American Photo Archive / Alamy / Becky Kagan Schott/OceanGate

Audio recordings from Titanic sub will now be examined as police begin investigation

Officials now wish to know whether a criminal investigation would be warranted

Investigators looking into the deaths of the five people on board the Titan submersible when it imploded have said audio recordings from the subs mothership will be examined.

Officials say that the sub suffered from a 'catastrophic implosion' which destroyed it and killed everyone on board pretty much instantly.

It would be too risky to attempt to recover their remains, and in this particular case, there may not be anything to recover.

What comes now is an investigation into how exactly this happened as pieces of debris from the submersible have been recovered by search and rescue operations.

The debris will go under the microscope to determine what happened to the sub and how it failed in a way that led to the deaths of all five people on board.

The Titan submersible before it was destroyed, police will now investigate the incident.
American Photo Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Kathy Fox, chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the crew from the Polar Prince were already being interviewed.

She also mentioned that a data recorder, which stored audio from the ship’s bridge would be examined.

“The content of those voice recordings could be useful in our investigation,” Fox added.

Alongside the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has launched its own investigation.

Superintendent Kent Osmond of the RCMP held a press conference in St John's, Newfoundland, where he announced: "Today, the RCMP initiated an examination of the circumstances that led to the deaths of the five individuals on board the submersible.

"A team of investigators has been established with the sole purpose of answering the question of whether or not a full investigation by the RCMP is warranted.

"Such an investigation will proceed only if our examination of the circumstances indicate criminal, federal or provincial always may possibly have been broken.

"Following the US Coast Guard's announcement earlier this week that debris from the submersible was located and all five on board were presumed dead, we will not look at the circumstances that led to those deaths.

"Our investigators are engaged and active in this matter as of this morning. Once a determination has been made as to whether or not a full investigation will be launched, we will provide an update at that time."

RCMP superintendent Kent Osmond announced the investigation into the sub's destruction.

There will be no timeline for how long this preliminary investigation will take, with Superintendent Osmond saying that at this point there was 'no suspicion of criminal activity per se'.

This initial investigation is for the police to 'assess whether or not we will go down that road'.

Those five who died due to the implosion of the sub were OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, French marine expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet; British billionaire Hamish Harding, and British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman.

Topics: Titanic, World News, Crime, US News, Canada