Voyage to the bottom

This is probably even worse than it sounds:

The link goes to a Russian news site, and I don’t do Cyrillic very well, so here’s a rewrite, kinda sorta:

A fire aboard a Russian navy research submersible has killed 14 crew members, the Russian defence ministry says.

The crew was poisoned by fumes as the vessel was taking measurements in Russian territorial waters on Monday.

The ministry gave no details about the type of vessel. But Russian media reports say it was a nuclear mini-submarine used for special operations.

The fire was later put out and the vessel is now at Severomorsk, the main base of the Russian Northern Fleet.

And there’s this hanging off to the side:

We know one thing for sure: Vladimir Putin is not happy.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 July 2019 · 6:47 am

    Wasn’t there something similar that happened 20 or so years ago? I remember hearing about a similar accident and thinking of the horror of being trapped like that?

    (I knew someone briefly who had been in the Dutch navy and had been offered a submarine position. He was able to turn it down and he respectfully did so)

  2. Don »

    4 July 2019 · 7:24 am

    I think that was the Kursk disaster in 2000.

  3. fillyjonk »

    4 July 2019 · 12:23 pm

    That would be it. (I have a vivid memory of reading online news, horrified, sitting at the little kitchen table in the terrible apartment I lived in in those days…because that was the only place I could connect up to the phone jack for dialup internet)

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