Russians trapped on sea bed in sub
Friday, August 5, 2005; Posted: 4:57 a.m. EDT (08:57 GMT)
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Efforts are being made to rescue seven Russian navymen after their self-propelled deep-sea diving vessel became snagged on the Pacific floor by a fishing net and some sort of cable, a navy spokesman said.
The vessel, called a bathyscaphe -- a kind of mini-submarine -- was at a depth of some 190 meters (623 feet) in the Berezovaya Bay, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian news agencies reported.
A camera sent down in the water shows that during a dive, the vessel's propeller became stuck in a fishing net, snagging further when the crew tried to free it, said Igor Dygalo, Russian navy spokesman. Some kind of cable or wire was also involved, he said.
Russia has requested a vessel from Japan, he said. It was en route to the scene, along with a Russian vessel. Military officials are trying to figure out the best way to rescue the crewmen, who cannot leave the vessel because of its depth, Dygalo said.
The crewmen have enough food and water for five days, he said, but would not say how long their air might last. Russian media reports said it may be as little as two days.
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