A fireplace aboard a Russian navy analysis submersible has killed 14 crew members, the Russian defence ministry says.
The crew had been poisoned by fumes because the vessel was taking measurements in Russian territorial waters on Monday.
The ministry gave no particulars about the kind of vessel. However Russian media studies say it was a nuclear mini-submarine used for particular operations.
The hearth was later put out and the vessel is now at Severomorsk, the principle base of the Russian Northern Fleet.
The defence ministry didn’t say what number of crew members had been aboard on the time.
An investigation into the incident has begun underneath the commander-in-chief of the navy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday pulled out of a scheduled occasion within the Tver area, north-west of Moscow, to debate the incident with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, a Kremlin spokesman mentioned.
So, what brought on this catastrophe?
The Russian defence ministry has supplied few particulars.
“A fireplace broke out,” it says, “14 submariners died of smoke inhalation. The reason for the incident is being established.”
Russian information company RBK cites a navy supply as saying the vessel was an AS-12 nuclear-powered sub. There was no official affirmation of this.
The AS-12 is a mini-submarine used for deep water analysis, intelligence gathering and particular operations.
Russia will not be the one nation to have suffered accidents on submersibles and submarines.
However, in Russia’s case, incidents have typically resulted in tragedy.
In 2000, 118 submariners died after two explosions on board the nuclear-powered Kursk.
Eight years later, 20 males on the Nerpa nuclear sub died of asphyxiation.
Submersibles are typically smaller vessels with restricted crew on board supported by ships on the floor, whereas submarines are bigger vessels able to working autonomously over lengthy distances.
The Kursk submarine, which was destroyed by the blasts within the Barents Sea, was additionally a part of the Northern Fleet.
Accidents involving underwater vessels are uncommon. Listed below are a number of the most severe:
- The Argentine navy’s ARA San Juan submarine with 44 crew disappeared throughout a routine patrol within the South Atlantic in 2017. The wreckage was discovered a yr later
- All 70 crew aboard China’s Nice Wall Ming-class submarine suffocated in 2003 when a diesel engine malfunctioned, consuming the vessel’s oxygen provide
- Russia’s Kursk submarine sank within the Barents Sea in 2000 after a torpedo exploded throughout an train, killing all 118 on board, together with 23 who survived the blast however died on account of an absence of oxygen
- The USS Scorpion sank within the Atlantic in 1968, probably as a result of a torpedo exploded, killing the 99 crew
- The USS Thresher sank throughout diving assessments in 1963, killing all 129 on board – the most important submarine loss of life toll in historical past