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A nuclear submarine to the rescue

An unusual situation occurred in the northern White Sea. The crew of a small boat in a storm sent out an S.O.S. signal, hoping for help from nearby vessels. How surprised they must have been when a nuclear submarine with a crew ready for action surfaced right next to them? The 154m long Oscar II
Published: June 25, 2014 - 14:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 08:19
A nuclear submarine to the rescue

An unusual situation occurred in the northern White Sea. The crew of a small boat in a storm sent out an S.O.S. signal, hoping for help from nearby vessels. How surprised they must have been when a nuclear submarine with a crew ready for action surfaced right next to them?

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The 154m long Oscar II class nuclear vessel, flying the flag of the Russian Federation Navy, was probably the last thing (there was a better chance of a kraken) the crew of the 11m long motor boat “Barents-1100” could have expected, when in distress.

As it turned out, the crew of the “Barents” tried to avoid the storm, but faced with the serious problem of running out of fuel, they decided to call for help and send the signal S.O.S. They hoped that this would result in sending help from their home port in Arkhangelsk. Of course, 2 vessels and a Mi-8 rescue helicopter were dispatched from the port to the rescue, but the first on the scene was the underwater colossus – K119 “Voronezh”.

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As the Russian Ministry of Defence later reported, the “Voronezh”, part of the Northern Fleet, was about 40min from “Barents-1100″, carrying out a training mission. Upon arrival at the site, the crew of the troubled vessel and their one passenger were picked up on K-119.

In view of the worsening weather, the captain of the submarine decided to give shelter to civilians and take their vessel in tow. As it turned out, it was a good move, because already an hour later the meteorological conditions deteriorated so much that the tiny “Barents-1100″ broke free from the tow and was pushed out to high sea.

The 5 civilians rescued from its deck were transported to the naval base in Severodvinsk, near Arkhangelsk.

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While it is not unusual for navies to be involved in rescue operations, it is not very often that a nuclear submarine is involved. Russia is Russia, however, and it is possible that it has different standards. As it turns out, the previous such situation took place in January in the Barents Sea, when the Sierra II-class submarine B-534 “Nizhny Novgorod” provided assistance to fishermen. In turn, in 2012. K-414 “Danil Moscow” class Victor III submarine, evacuated the crew of a fishing boat moments before it sank.

As you can see, you may have different opinions about Russia, but one thing you have to give them credit for (and it is worth learning from them) – in order to help and save their own people, they do not shrink from using all means.

Source: rt.com
Photo: 29.mchs.gov.ru

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