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August 05, 2005

Russian sailors in submarine stuck at ocean bottom

From CNN...

The U.S. Navy says it is sending a crew to Russia's Pacific Coast to rescue seven Russian sailors trapped in a mini-submarine.

The rescue effort is a race against time because the seven sailors are believed to have less than 24 hours of oxygen left.

The AS-28 mini-submarine, itself a rescue vessel, ran into trouble on Thursday when it became snagged by fishing nets and some sort of cable during a military exercise off the Kamchatka peninsula.

The sailors cannot leave the vessel because it is too deep at 190 meters (623 feet) below the surface, according to a Russian Navy spokesman.

The efforts by the US Navy were delayed because initially they were told the sailors had several days worth of oxygen. But while the vessel normally carries 3, it currently has 7, which obviously will use the oxygen up much faster.

Coverage: The Indepundit

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 5, 2005 11:20 AM

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