Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Decommed Russian Sub Sinks

[Intel Source: The Sub Report] An old diesel boat being towed from Petropavlovsk to China sank under tow, it is being reported today. Apparently no one died in the sinking. From MosNews:
The written-off vessel was being towed to China where it would be cut for metal scrap. Passing the Kuriles, the sub gave a lurch and started to sink. The crew decided to return to the port of Petropavlovsk, but could not lead the sub to the shore. The vessel sank with no people aboard.
The Emergencies Ministry said the sub’s tanks must have been badly sealed, so water could leak in.
The sub, which was the property of a private company, had been dismantled several years ago.
The article has a picture of what looks like a Kilo, but I'm not sure if that's supposed to be the boat that sunk, or if it's just a stock picture of a submarine they put in the article. The article also mentions the last sinking of a decommed Russian submarine under tow, when 9 people died in the Barents on K-159 back in 2003.


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