ITEMS RETRIEVED FROM THE WRECK OF THE IGS MALVA, WITH POTENTIALLY DISTINGUISHING DETAILS AND SPECULATED PURPOSES PROVIDED IN ITALICS
6 human bodies: identified overleaf – likely deceased through drowning, all male, flight crew
3 pinniped carcasses: purpose unknown, little flesh intact, most likely phoca vitulina. slight warping noted in skeleton of largest carcass
1 unidentified object: see footnotes 
2 large laminated books containing illustrations of marine creatures, Latin and other archaic scripts, non-government issue
several other texts too waterlogged to be intelligible
6 sets of standard government issue exploratory kits: 6 well-used, all with full set of tools etc. intact. serial numbers 224110-224116
6 undeployed parachutes: intact, perfect condition – no indication as to why they were not deployed in accordance with emergency planning
1 digital voice recorder, non-government issue: packaging found in cabin 2A, suggesting use, though water damage prevents verification of this
OTHER NOTABLE FINDINGS
Government issued standard weapons to each crew member and enhanced weapons to the station captain in accordance with accepted procedure – these have not been retrieved and no trace of any weapons have been found
No evidence of break-in or outside tampering with structural integrity of the station
All crew members accounted for, though it should be noted that the station contains double the number of cabins required for a six-man mission. Query as to why this was the case has been placed with senior staff
The use of the name ‘MALVA’ and the common mallow insignia are to be temporarily retired pending further investigation
List compiled 2.14.330 at 01:35:03 hours by R. Levant
 item has been reviewed by senior staff and remains unidentified. certainly a carcass of some description, but not wholly consistent with human anatomy. face largely intact and humanoid, displaying expression of mild shock but not pain. confusion arises in the torso and lower limbs, which are not at all consistent with other humans retrieved, but rather resemble more closely the pinniped structure. left hand contains some kind of metal object, but this has yet to be extracted and retrieved.
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