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A SUCCESSFUL MISSION: Crew members of the Russian mini submarine and rescuers on its hull shortly after the sub, trapped for three days under the sea, surfaced in the Beryozovaya Bay on Sunday.
MOSCOW: All seven crew members on a stranded Russian mini-submarine were rescued on Sunday after a British remote-controlled vehicle cut steel cables that had snarled the sub.
The dramatic three-day international rescue operation off the Kamchatka Peninsula ended happily at 4:25 p.m. local time (9:55 IST) on Sunday when the AS-28 mini-sub surfaced from the depth of 190 metres and the crew opened the hatch themselves and climbed aboard a waiting speedboat.
The rescue came shortly before air supply for the seven crew was to run out. Russian TV showed the smiling seamen coming down the ramp of a naval ship that brought them to port.
Lt. Vyacheslav Milashevsky, Commander of the submarine, at a port in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
It took a British remote-controlled Super Scorpio probe several hours to cut away six cables that had entangled the 13.5-metre mini-submarine off the east coast of the Peninsula when it was on a mission to repair an underwater monitoring system.
"We bow our heads before the rescuers of the British Royal Navy who played the decisive role in saving the Russian seamen," Russian Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Viktor Fyodorov said. Russia had to ask for outside help as a standby mini-sub with the Russian Pacific Fleet was in disrepair.
Britain and the United States rushed three remote-controlled underwater vehicles to help rescue the mini-sub and Japan dispatched several warships. The British team arrived there first and joined the rescue operation on Sunday morning, while U.S. rescuers stood by.
The rescue of the mini-sub stood in sharp contrast to the tragic story of Russia's Kursk nuclear submarine, which sank in the Barents Sea five years ago after two powerful blasts onboard. Those of the 118 Kursk staff who survived the explosions died of asphyxia because Russian authorities held off asking for foreign aid for days.
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