Sunday, August 07, 2005

All 7 Aboard Russian Submarine Rescued

The seven Russians stranded aboard their sub for nearly three days under the Pacific Ocean have now been rescued. This story has drawn widespread interest because of the eerie echoes of the 2000 Kursk disaster where all 118 Russian crewmembers died. But thankfully, this story has a happy ending thanks to a quick appeal for help on the part of Russia. Notice just who they chose to appeal to for aid:

But in sharp contrast to the August 2000 Kursk disaster, when authorities held off asking for help until hope was nearly exhausted, Russian military officials quickly made an urgent appeal for help from U.S. and British authorities. All 118 people on board the Kursk died, some surviving for hours as oxygen ran out.

And look at the results:

As U.S. and British crews headed toward the trapped sub, Russian officials considered various ways of freeing the vessel.

Russian ships had tried to tow the sub and its entanglements to shallower water where divers could reach it, but were able to move it only about 60-100 yards in the Beryozovaya Bay about 10 miles off the coast of the Kamchatka peninsula, which juts into the sea north of Japan.

But by Sunday afternoon, a British remote-controlled Super Scorpio cut away the cables that had snarled the 44-foot mini submarine and it was able to come to the surface on its own.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov later praised the two nations for their altruism:

"We have seen in deeds, not in words, what the brotherhood of the sea means."

Russia knows how things work in this world. If you want a resolution expressing concern and sympathy for the stranded crewmen, you appeal to the UN. If you want action.....

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