Russian nuclear submarine rescues five sailors in White Sea

The North Fleet Voronezh nuclear submarine has rescued four motorboat crewmembers and one passenger in the White Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

The North Fleet Voronezh nuclear submarine has rescued four motorboat crewmembers and one passenger in the White Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

"The Barents-1100 motorboat with the home port in Arkhangelsk sent the distress signal at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 8. The eleven-meter-long boat tried to pass by a spot of bad weather but it ran out of fuel," says a North Fleet press service report obtained by Interfax-AVN on Monday.

The Arkhangelsk regional maritime rescue center sent the Metel and Lider rescue boats and a Mil Mi-8 regional rescue service helicopter to help the motorboat.

"Yet the North Fleet Voronezh nuclear submarine on a training mission in the White Sea appeared to be the closest to the distress zone. The nuclear submarine reached the motorboat and took aboard its crew already at 8:50 a.m.," the report said.

The submarine commander said the sailors did not need medical aid.

"A Mil Mi-8 helicopter delivered nuclear fuel by noon. Yet considering the bad weather and low levels of seaworthiness of the Barents-1100 motorboat, it was not safe for the motorboat to travel on its own," the press service said.

The North Fleet command decided to let the sailors stay aboard the submarine and to tow the motorboat to the point of rendezvous with the Onega submarine chaser, which had also been sent to the distress zone.

The Barents-1100 motorboat attached to the Voronezh sub was torn off and carried into the high sea at about 5 p.m.

The Barents crewmembers are all right. They are traveling to the port of Severodvinsk onboard the Voronezh submarine, which is being accompanied by the Onega submarine chaser. The sailors will board the submarine chaser as soon as the weather is good enough and reach the shore, the report said.

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