Friday, August 05, 2005
Russian Mini-Sub Trapped On Sea Floor
The Russian sub's propeller became entangled in a fishing net Thursday, and the craft is stuck 625 feet below the surface, Russian navy Capt. Igor Dygalo said on state-run Rossiya television....Even in peace, being in the military forces is quite dangerous.
"There is air remaining on the underwater apparatus for a day -- one day," he said at about 6 a.m. EDT. "The operation continues. We have a day, and intensive, active measures will be taken to rescue the AS-28 vessel and the people aboard."...
At least one robotic rescue vehicle from San Diego will be shipped on a plane Friday to Russia to help save the submarine. The unmanned vehicle, called a Super Scorpio, can reach depths of up to 5,000 feet and is equipped with high-powered lights, sonar and video cameras, said Capt. Matt Brown, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet in Honolulu.
You're right- being in the military, even in peace time, can be a risky business.
Some units have really taken big hits. I'm just hoping they get out of Dodge before bird flu gets in.
Especially when serving on a sub (especially in the Russian navy).
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