20 dead in Russian nuclear sub accident
Some more information on the accident:
"During sea trials of a nuclear-powered submarine of the Pacific Fleet the firefighting system went off unsanctioned, killing over 20 people, including servicemen and workers," Igor Dygalo said, without giving any details of the circumstances of the accident.
"The submarine is not damaged, its reactor works as normal and radiation levels on the submarine are normal," Captain Dygalo said.
The submarine was ordered to suspend the sea trials and return to port.
Russia's Defence Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, reported the incident to President Dmitry Medvedev who had ordered a "full and meticulous" investigation and "all possible aid and support to the victims' families," according to the report.
About 20 people are dead and 21 injured in an accident on a Russian nuclear-powered submarine today.
A naval spokesman confirmed the reports, which did not give the name of the submarine specify or where it was located, adding only that it was on exercises at sea and 208 people were on board. An anti-submarine ship, the Admiral Tributs, was providing assistance and taking some of the injured crew from the submarine to port, news agencies reported.
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