Fourteen Sailors Killed in Russia Submersible Fire

By Reuters
July 2, 2019Updated: July 2, 2019

MOSCOW—Fourteen crew on board a Russian defense ministry submersible were killed after a fire broke out, the ministry was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

The deep-sea research vessel was carrying out a military survey in Russian territorial waters, it was quoted as saying.

The incident took place on Monday, July 1, and the fire has been extinguished.

The submersible is now at the Russian Northern Fleet’s base in Severomorsk on the Barents Sea, and an investigation has been launched to establish the cause, Interfax, RIA, and TASS quoted the ministry as saying.

The incident occurred on the Losharik, an AS-12 deep-sea nuclear submarine, an unnamed source in the security forces told Russian news station RBC.

“This is the largest accident to take place on a Defense Ministry submarine since 2008, when a freon gas leak on the nuclear-powered submarine Nerpa killed 20 and injured 21,” The Moscow Times reported.

In August 2000, the Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank to the floor of Barents Sea after two explosions in its bow, killing all 118 men aboard.

NTD News staff contributed to this article.