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Originally posted by Astronomer68
Latest from Russia is that they will begin the actual rescue attempt after midnight. Link:
Anchors and antennas are hindering efforts to drag a Russian submarine that is caught in fishing nets to a shallower location.
The Russia's Navy is racing against the clock to rescue seven crew members trapped 190 metres below the surface before their air runs out.
The mini-submarine, itself a rescue vessel, ran into trouble on Thursday when its propeller got entangled in fishing nets.
An antenna also got hooked as the sub participated in a military exercise off the Kamchatka peninsula on Russia's Pacific Coast.
Initially the Navy said the submarine got caught up in fishing nets but later officials told local news agencies that the submarine had also snagged an antenna of some kind.
The flight from Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego to Petropavlovsk on Russia's eastern coast was expected to take 10 to 12 hours. The Scorpios and their equipment will then have to be loaded aboard a vessel and taken to the stricken mini-sub's location.
"We're the 911 force for submarine rescue," said Navy Capt. Russell Ervin, a reserve with Deep Submergence Unit 5. "In our business, minutes count."
The British Scorpio, being carried on a Royal Air Force C-17 transport plane, was expected to arrive at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky at about 7 p.m. Saturday local time, or 2 a.m. EDT. The U.S. plane was expected to land about 10:30 p.m. local time, or 5:30 a.m. EDT.
Originally posted by Mayet
[An Antenna? Omega Project/Earth Grid/Haarp/Echelon?????? Was the antenna on the sub or on the ocean floor
Originally posted by managerie
Pardon me for not trusting the Russians, but why did they so quickly ask for help from the US when the incident was so close to the Kamchatka peninsula and their own bases?
A British rescue team has arrived in eastern Siberia to assist in an urgent operation to save the crew of a stranded Russian mini-submarine.
Seven crew members are trapped in the vessel, which is stuck on the seabed 200 metres below the surface off Russia's Pacific coast.
An American rescue team is also on the way.
It is expected to take several hours to transport the unmanned British craft and its operators to the rescue site before it can begin work.
Rescuers are racing against time amid conflicting reports about how much oxygen the seven crewmen have left.
In the latest estimate, Vice Admiral Vladimir Pepelyaev told Russian NTV television on Saturday that "there is enough to last just over 24 hours".
The Russians say their first attempt to hook a cable to the vessel and drag it to safety has failed.
The plan was to drag the vessel to shallower water, where divers could reach it and cut it free.
But the submarine is caught on an underwater antenna, as well as fishing nets, which is complicating the rescue.
The head of Russia's Pacific Fleet originally said the submarine had been moved around 60 metres, but he has now back-tracked and claims work is proceeding too slowly.