Moscow 3rd July: According to a statement from the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, a fire which broke out on a Russian submarine has sadly killed 14 sailors,
“On July 1, 14 submariners – sailors – died in Russian territorial waters as a result of inhaling combustion products aboard a research submersible vehicle designated for studying the seafloor and the bottom of the World Ocean for significant interests of the Russian Navy after an initially uncontrollable fire broke out during bathymetric measurements,” read a statement issued by the state-controlled TASS news service.
The fire was put out thanks to the self-sacrificing quick thinking of the team, the ministry said. The incident is said to have taken place, off Russia’s northern shore in the Barents Sea on Monday, but the MoD has not specified.
The submarine was towed to the Russian North Fleet headquarters in Severomork and an investigation is underway, according to the news agency.
According to a statement issued by the state-controlled Sputnik news service, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that seven captains of the first rank and two Heroes of Russia have been killed in the incident.
“This is a great loss”, Putin has said.