The Five Deadliest Submarine Accidents of the Last 30 Years

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On Friday, the Argentine submarine “San Juan” was found, missing a year ago in the South Atlantic, with 44 crew on board. Then the most deadly submarine accidents.

Disappeared on November 15, 2017, while sailing to its mooring port in the city of Mar del Plata, the submarine was located 800 meters deep and 400 km from the Patagonian coast by the American ship “Ocean Infinity” of your search. The relatives of the 44 crew members are very affected with the confirmation of the death of the sailors, are waiting this Saturday to know the details of their discovery.

The tragedy of the “Kursk” (Russia): 118 dead –
On August 12, 2000, the Russian nuclear-powered submarine of the North Sea fleet, “Kursk”, was wrecked during maneuvers in the Barents Sea (northwest of Russia) after the explosion of a torpedo. The 118 sailors who were on board the submarine died.

While the country was following the event live, the president, Vladimir Putin, continued his vacation on the shores of the Black Sea.

The five deadliest submarine accidents of the last 30 years

Eight days later an international rescue operation was launched, delayed by Moscow’s reluctance to accept Western aid. When, on the 21st, the Norwegian divers finally managed to open the lock, it was too late to rescue the 23 sailors who had survived the explosion alive.

70 dead in China –
On May 2, 2003, the official Chinese agency Xinhua announced that a submarine of class “Ming” that participated in an exercise near the islands of Neichangshan, in front of the eastern province of Shandong, recorded a failure Mechanical that caused the death of the 70 members of his crew.

Few details were leaked but, according to analysts, it was the most serious submersible accident since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

42 dead on board the “Kosmolets” (USSR) –
On April 7, 1989, a short circuit caused a fire on board the “Kosmolets”, a submarine of attack of nuclear propulsion and titanium hull that sailed through international waters, 500 km from the Norwegian coasts. Pride of the Soviet navy, this ultramodern submersible class “Mike” was equipped with missiles with nuclear warheads.

After activating the emergency ascent procedure, the submarine, 110 meters long, reached the surface and several dozen crew members managed to leave the ship, in flames, throwing themselves into the glacial waters. Forty-two sailors died and 27 were rescued.

20 dead in the “Nerpa” (Russia) –
On November 8, 2008, in the Pacific Ocean, 20 people who were aboard the Russian submarine “Nerpa” died asphyxiated after inhaling Freon gas, detached by the fire system, activated by mistake.

The accident occurred in the Sea of Japan, where the K-152 “Nerpa” was being tested before being rented to India. More than 200 people were on board on a planned surface area of 80. Among the victims, there were 17 civilians from the shipyard where the nuclear-powered attack submarine had just been built.

18 dead on board the “INS Sindhurakshak” (India) –
On 14 August 2013, in the middle of the night, the military submarine “INS Sindhurshak” was destroyed by an explosion and capsized at the Mumbai shipyard (west of India) in who was, leaving no survivors among the 18 sailors who were on board.

The Five Deadliest Submarine Accidents of the Last 30 Years

Built in 1995 in St. Petersburg, the 2300-ton diesel and electric propulsion boat had just been repaired by a Russian company. This was the worst accident known to the Indian Navy in more than 40 years.

Six months later, two sailors died off the coast of Bombay because of a leak in the battery compartment of the submarine “INS Sindhuratna”.

 

 

Source: Listin Diario