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Divers Begin Opening Doomed Russian Sub

October 22, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Russian and Norwegian divers maneuvering in Arctic depths of the Barents Sea carefully carved two small holes in the outer hull of the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk, launching a risky effort to recover bodies of the 118 sailors inside. Working in teams of three, the divers stenciled the holes near the rear of the vessel and pried them open with special mallets, said Russian Navy spokesman Vadim Serga. The thicker inner hull probably will not be penetrated until Tuesday, Serga said.

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