Posted on July 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Fourteen submariners died during the evening hours of July 1st when a fire erupted onboard the top-secret Russian submarine, Losharik.
The incident occurred at approximately 20:30 LT, in an undisclosed area within Russian territorial waters.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the vessel was in the process of taking underwater measurements of the sea floor when the fire erupted.
"On July 1, fourteen submariners . . . 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 in the interests of the Russian Navy after a fire broke out during bathymetric measurements," said the Russian Ministry of Defence in a statement to the press.
Fourteen crew members aboard the sub were killed by inhalation of smoke and/or toxic fumes, among them, the submarine’s Commander, Denis Dolonsky.
Five surviving crew members managed to extinguish the fire, and the vessel was towed to the Russian Northern Fleet base at Severomorsk.
The five crewmen had to be hospitalized for concussion & smoke poisoning.
The Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief launched an investigation into the cause of the fire while the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu is personally monitoring the investigation and reporting back to Vladimir Putin.
According to Russian reports, the men who died had sacrificed themselves by sealing the compartment where the fire had broken out, in order to ensure the survival of their fellow crew members.