Saturday, August 06, 2005

Process of lifting Russian sub begins

(Crossposted to The Online Magazine Formerly Known As Rob's Blog)

The process began Sunday of trying to lift a Russian mini-submarine from the Pacific where it has been stuck since Thursday, trapping its anxious crew of seven, according to Russian officials.

However, as the oxygen supply dwindled, the effort hit a snag when the sub was held back by something entangling it. Rescuers continued to work to free the vessel, they said.

The crew, said to be in satisfactory condition, was told to prepare to make an emergency exit either at the surface of the water or at a depth at which divers could safely operate, according to CNN's Matthew Chance.


Emergency exit underwater...doesn't sound like a barrel of fun to me. I'm sure it's preferable to staying down, however...

This is how you define "edge of your seat"...

4 Comments:

At 8:00 PM, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Well, they don't have to get too much shallower in order to exit with whatever Steinke hood variant the Russians have and severely reduce the chance of the bends.

 
At 8:06 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Yep, but the diver in me sees serious chamber time if they go that route..

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Chamber time is still better than eternal patrol...

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Rob said...

You said it!!

 

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