Fourteen sailors were killed in the fire of a submarine on a search mission in Russian territorial waters, the Moscow Ministry of Defense, quoted by local agencies, reported Tuesday.
According to the ministry, the accident took place on the Fourteen sailors died in the fire of a submarine on a mission of research in territorial waters, in Russian, reported Tuesday the ministry of Defence of Moscow, quoted by local agencies.
According to the ministry, the accident took place on Monday aboard a submersible for the study of the marine environment and the ocean floor.
All 14 victims were poisoned by the fire.
The fire occurred during a seabed data collection operation, according to the Russian Navy, which stated that the submersible is based in the closed city of Severomorsk, in the Murmansk region of the Arctic.
The accident was controlled and the submarine was able to return to its docking port.
The Russian Navy conducts an investigation to determine the causes of the fire, according to the same source.
This accident recalls the tragedy of the nuclear-powered submarine “Kursk”, which sank with 118 men on board on 12 August 2000, when Vladimir Putin’s first term of office began.
Twenty-three crew members survived for several days after the explosion that caused the sinking, but died not being rescued in time.
This accident remains to this day the worst catastrophe suffered by the Russian Navy, and a shadow in the file of the Kremlin chief, much criticized for his management of this crisis.