5 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Ships of the United States Navy and Coast Guard have moved to the area of the Atlantic Ocean where the remains of the Chinese balloon that was shot down on Saturday allegedly fell, in search of clues that remain to clarify whether it was an espionage device or for intelligence purposes. investigation, as Beijing claims.
The US authorities have established a perimeter to try to avoid intrusions and already assume that they will have to resort to divers or unmanned teams to recover the remains, according to official sources cited by . They estimate that they may be about 15 meters deep.
The experts have not yet made any kind of estimate, although the sources consulted do expect that the remains will already be in the hands of the Government in “a relatively short time.” “I don’t think it’s months or weeks,” a source told .
The authorities have also asked the local population for help, to prevent citizens from interfering in the investigations. The Horry County Police, in South Carolina, has asked citizens to raise the alarm if they see any suspicious object: “Do not touch, move or remove the remains.”
The balloon was sighted for the first time last Tuesday over Montana and crossed the country to the east coast until it reached the Atlantic this Saturday, where it was finally shot down. Senior Pentagon officials had warned of the risk of bringing down the device on the ground due to the danger that the debris would cause damage.