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Rush to Save Canadian Sub

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posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 04:36 PM
The Canadian submarine, HMCS Chicoutimi, continues to float in the rough North Atlantic waters after surfacing due to electrical failure and fire. The crew had awaited rescue for 3 days and is now accompanied by 4 British and one Irish vessel awaiting a final decision from Canada on what to do with the vessel and 54 remaining crew. 3 submariners have already been airlifted to an Irish hospital and one has died aboard the submarine due to smoke inhalation.
By Paul Hoskins
DUBLIN (Reuters) -
As rescue options for the remaining 54 crew members on board are assessed, Britain's Ministry of Defense (MoD) said it was doing its best to improve their conditions.

Having endured two days at the mercy of heavy waves, small groups of Canadian sailors were being brought aboard the British frigate HMS Montrose for medical checks, showers, breakfast and a chance to email their families, before returning to the crippled craft.

Despite the presence of four British ships and one Irish vessel and the expected arrival of a U.S. submarine support ship later in the day, officials said no decision had yet been take on how and when to rescue the submarine.

The submarine is one of four trouble-plagued secondhand craft which Ottawa agreed to buy from Britain in 1998.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Canada should now have just cause for Britain to replace or repair the 4 second-hand submarines purchased recently, including the Chicoutimi. because of "serious malfunction and corrosion".

[edit on 8-10-2004 by Nerdling]

posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 02:19 PM
Some of the faults that I saw recorded by one of the subs crew. were leaking water from the periscope and they had to use rubber piping and pipe it into a black bin bag. Hydraulic fluid was leaking from some place not quiet sure where but you could see it running along pipes and dripping down. Then all of a sudden the subs sonar lost but I also think aswell we should at least pay some of the cost to fixing them again.


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