Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Floating dock sinks during maintenance of Russian aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov

Floating dock sinks during maintenance of Russian aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov

Russia's only aircraft carrier was damaged and a giant floating dock sank after a crane crashed onto the vessel as it was undergoing repairs near the Arctic city of Murmansk on Tuesday.

Russia's only aircraft carrier was damaged last night when the floating dock holding it sank.

The crane, which fell on Admiral Kuznetsov, left a hole 4 by 5 meters, but repairs can be done "easily and quickly", Alexei Rakhmanov, head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti Tuesday.

"We assess the extent of damage".

The accident occurred when the Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov was exiting the dock. According to officials, accident took place when air carrier was taken out of dock after completing dry-docking, the ship didn't sustain damages and was shifted from dock to ship fix yard berth, for further repairs.

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The ship was saved but one person is missing and four others are being treated for hypothermia after being plucked out of the water in the early hours of this morning.

"Due to interruptions in the supply of electric power to the PD-50 floating dock, the dipping of the dock was irregular", a dockyard spokesperson told Interfax.

Floating dock PD-50 was built in Sweden in 1980, ordered by Soviet Navy and designated for the repairs of the biggest Navy ships, including air carriers and biggest nuclear submarines.

"Despite an emergency, the Admiral Kuznetsov was floated".

The Russian government has set up a commission into the sinking of the dock, investigating both the cause of the accident and whether the structure should be lifted back to the surface.

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