Russian fishermen looked at the secret undersea surface after it caught fire & # 39;
The crew of a fishing boat has told how they witnessed an affected Russian submarine that made an emergency flight shortly after they caught fire.
The fishermen sailed to the island of Kildin, in the Barents Sea, when they claimed to have seen the submarine – presumably the upper secret Losharik – surface around 9.30 p.m. on Monday.
A crew member, who spoke anonymously because they were fishing illegally, described how men ran on deck before a warship and two tugboats quickly arrived next to the submarine.
A Russian fishing boat staff explained how they saw a submarine – presumably the AS-12 Losharik, pictured – near Kola Bay around 9:30 PM on Monday evening
The crew said men were running on deck before the sub was accompanied by a warship and two tugs. They saw no smoke and learned later about the fire and the fact that 14 submariners (photo) had died
He said to SeverPost: & We walked towards Kildin in the evening, and here, around 9:30 PM, a submarine appears.
& # 39; It all came up. I've never seen anything like this in my life.
& # 39; People were running around on deck and running. & # 39;
The fishing boat crew entered an isolated bay and watched the rescue operation for about an hour and a half until the rescue boats departed.
The fisherman added that the submarine was leaving quickly, apparently under his own power, and they saw no smoke.
The submarine and its escort enter the nearby Kola bay towards Severomorsk, where it is currently moored.
It was only later that the fishermen heard that bodies had been landed.
A total of 14 submariners died in the fire, which Moscow says it started in a battery compartment before it spread rapidly.
Russia has mentioned the 14 men who died in the accident, but otherwise the accident is hidden in secret.
It was revealed on Friday that all victims will be buried in & # 39; secret & # 39; funerals that will take place in St Petersburg.
& # 39; They are all buried in secret at the request of their relatives & # 39 ;, Fontanko news service reported.
After about an hour and a half, the crew said the submarine seemed to be moving to Severomorsk harbor on its own (photo, Putin in the harbor in 2014)
& # 39; Only close friends, relatives, and comrades will attend funerals. & # 39;
In earlier cases of major Russian national disasters, funerals were often held in public.
It was previously reported that this week's victims would be buried close to the dead of the affected Kursk submarine lost in 2000.
Russia has made it clear that the latest submarine losses will not be announced for national security reasons.
Moscow military analyst Colonel Viktor Baranets revealed that the fire broke out after a kind of & # 39; explosion & # 39; while the ship was almost 1000 feet under water.
He wrote for the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper and said the high-ranking sailors fought for an hour and a half to get the blaze under control.
The fire was so hot that crew members did not have time to use special breathing equipment.
Nevertheless, the & # 39; selfless, decisive actions of the crew saved the submarine and ensured that it was towed to the military base of Severomorsk & # 39 ;.
The nuclear power station on board was not damaged by the inferno and no leakage occurred, it is reported.
Barenets, a retired officer who is a respected analyst, today repeated reports about Vladimir Putin that the fire had been ignited in the ship's battery compartment.
But referring to his own sources, he said it was caused by a short circuit and an & # 39; explosion & # 39; .
& # 39; According to preliminary information obtained by the special commission (investigation of the accident), the reason for the emergency was a short circuit in the power system of the (submarine) that caused a fire in the room to collect batteries & # 39; , he wrote.
& # 39; If the hydrogen concentration here is more than three percent, an explosion occurs followed by a fire.
& # 39; This is what happened.
& # 39; The fire developed & # 39; at hurricane speed & # 39 ;.
The secret submarine has now been docked in Severomorsk, although Moscow has revealed little else (pictured, a submarine in the harbor on Tuesday. It is not clear whether this is the submarine that caught fire)
& # 39; That is why some crew members did not have time to use special breathing equipment.
& # 39; The masks were just melting.
& # 39; And even under these conditions, the badly burned submariners save each other. & # 39;
Barenets said the crew members are expected to be honored for their actions when the barrel is hit by fire.
The dead will be honored posthumously, he said.
& # 39; All submariners, both killed and survivors, receive the Order of Courage, "he wrote.
& # 39; One crew member will be recommended for the Hero of Russia award. & # 39;
Two of the victims of the incident were already Heroes of Russia – the highest award in the country.
Russia has named the fatalities as:
According to reports, Solovyev has a & # 39; civilian expert & # 39; rescued aboard the submarine.
The civilian left the burning part of the ship and the crew member closed the hatch behind him and stayed with the crew of other crew members to fight to save the ship & # 39 ;, said the Ministry of Defense.
Solovyev was 37, and he left behind a pregnant woman and a three-year-old son, reports say.
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