Personal, flag state, and foreign state considerations
In the direction and conduct of measures under this chapter the Secretary shall use his best endeavors to—
assure the avoidance of risk to human life;
render all possible aid to distressed persons, including facilitating repatriation of ships’ crews; and
not unnecessarily interfere with rights and interests of others, including the flag state of any ship involved, other foreign states threatened by damage, and persons otherwise concerned.
[Pub. L. 93–248, § 9], Feb. 5, 1974, [88 Stat. 9].)