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Monday, August 14, 2000. :   An operation gets underway to rescue the men stranded in the sunken Russian submarine, the 'Kursk', in the Arctic Circle.

     Two days earlier, the Russian submarine 'Kursk' was on an exercise of firing dummy torpedoes at a battlecruiser when an explosion ripped through the first two of nine compartments. As the 'Kursk' hit the seabed, more on-board torpedoes exploded, registering 1.5 on the Richter scale, blasting a two-metre-square hole in the hull and ripping open the third and fourth compartments.

Russia waited two days before it released details of the accident to the world, on 14 August 2000, by which time the country had sent out ten of its own ships to the distressed submarine. There was no radio contact with the survivors in the 'Kursk', only the sound of them pounding on the hull. By the time any other nations could offer assistance, the 'Kursk' was lying lifeless and powerless 150m down on the seabed of the Barents Sea. The delay contributed to the loss of all on board.

A salvage team from the Netherlands was finally able to retrieve the 'Kursk' in October 2001.


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Thought For Today
Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all the time. People who stay calm have real insight.
Proverbs 17:27 (c) GNB
Wise people look often and say little. They are a rock when the storms of life come. They know that they know what they know.

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