The Russian navy has attached a cable to what it hopes is the mini-submarinestranded 190 metres down on the Pacific Ocean bed. The submersible called “Priz” ran into trouble during a military exercise south of the town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskii, in the remote Kamchatka peninsula. The commander of the Pacific Fleet, Viktor Fyodorov said: “we have fixed all the tug ends and our rescue vessels are simultaneously lifting and towing the vessel.” But a senior official requesting anonymity said there was only around a 50 percent chance the object attached was indeed the stricken submarine. Russia has 10 ships engaged in the rescue effort. Its request for help has been met by Britain, Japan and the United States. According to Admiral Fyodrov the crew members have enough air to last until Monday, although statements from other officials have contradicted this. Though much smaller in scale, the accident has rekindled memories of the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine almost exactly five years ago, when 118 sailors died.
Russian race against time to save sailors stuck in the Pacific.