The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating the fatal voyage of OceanGate Expedition’s Titan submersible to determine if a criminal investigation is necessary.

RCMP Superintendent Kent Osmond has established a team of investigators to decide on a potential full criminal investigation.

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Superintendent Kent Osmond of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Newfoundland and Labrador speaking to the media at RCMP in St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada. (Jordan Pettitt/PA Images via Getty Images)

“An investigation will proceed only if our examination of the circumstances indicates potential violations of criminal, federal, or provincial laws,” stated Osmond.

This announcement comes after a debris field was found in the search for OceanGate’s missing Titan submersible, which was carrying five men on a tour of the Titanic wreckage. The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the submersible’s fatal implosion.

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The initial search and rescue mission was led by the USCG, involving a massive international effort that likely cost millions of dollars. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has also announced its investigation into the submersible incident.

While the RCMP has jurisdiction for off-sea deaths, they will be collaborating with other agencies involved in the search.

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This file image provided by OceanGate shows the Titan submersible being launched from a platform. (OceanGate Expeditions)

“There is no immediate suspicion of criminal activity, but the RCMP is taking initial steps to assess the possibility of moving forward with a criminal investigation,” Osmond clarified.

The victims of the implosion were OceanGate CEO Stock Rush Rush, Pakistani family members Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, British adventurer Hamish Harding, and Titanic expert Paul-Henry Nargeolet.

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