Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

14 killed in fire on Russian navy submersible

14 killed in fire on Russian navy submersible

A research submarine belonging to the Russian Navy caught fire and killed 14 sailors on board, Russia's Interfax news agency reported, citing the country's defense ministry.

"On July 1, in Russian territorial waters a deep submersible created to study the sea floor and the bottom of the world oceans in the interests of the Russian Navy caught fire during biometric measurements".

Fourteen Russian submariners were killed after a blaze started on their submersible in the Arctic.

According to the statement, the fire has been put out by the crew and the vessel has been towed to Russia's Severomorsk naval base.

The cause of the incident is still being investigated.

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"Fourteen submariners died as the result of smoke inhalation".

"Usually it's a cover for different type of work conducted on the seabed" like laying cables, the expert said. Commander in chief of the Navy Nikolai Yevmenov is supervising the investigation.

As it became known to RBC, the incident occurred at a nuclear submarine as-12, better known as "Losharik".

The vessel was based at Severomorsk, in the Murmansk region, which is the main base of the Northern Fleet.

In August 2000, the Kursk submarine sunk in the Barents Sea with the loss of all 118 aboard.

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