November 15, 2000 |
Russian divers who worked to retrieve victims of the sunken Kursk submarine spoke publicly for the first time about the grim task of pulling bodies of men from the wreckage, newspapers reported Tuesday. All 118 crewmen died when the nuclear-powered submarine sank Aug. 12 after being torn apart by two explosions and a fire. "This was not our first work with drowned bodies . . .
November 9, 2000 |
A second trapped sailor on the doomed Kursk submarine left behind a note, Russian officials disclosed Wednesday, but the revelation raised more questions than it answered. In contrast to the release of the first note, officials didn't say which of the crew members wrote the second missive or when it was recovered. They also didn't explain why officials waited at least several days and perhaps more than a week to reveal the discovery.
November 8, 2000 |
After millions of dollars, multitudes of storms and 12 recovered bodies, Russia on Tuesday ended its risky diving operation to retrieve the rest of the remains of the 118 sailors who died when the nuclear submarine Kursk exploded and sank nearly three months ago. "The divers said they had done everything possible for the Kursk, and more," said Northern Fleet spokesman Vladimir Navrotsky.
November 3, 2000 |
"Mustn't despair." These words from Lt. Capt. Dmitry Kolesnikov's note, scribbled in the dark inside the sunken submarine Kursk, were displayed in a black frame Thursday next to his flag-draped coffin. Funeral services for Kolesnikov, one of 12 sailors whose bodies have been recovered from the wreck by deep-sea divers, were held in his hometown of St. Petersburg. The recovery of the note helped revive public criticism over the military's slow response to the Aug.
October 30, 2000 |
Venturing farther inside the sunken Kursk nuclear submarine, divers recovered more bodies Sunday from amid the jagged metal and silt that fill the wreck in the Barents Sea. The number and identity of the bodies remained unclear, Russian officials said, apparently because the remains were badly damaged. All 118 men on the Kursk were killed after an explosion crippled it Aug. 12.
October 27, 2000 |
Dmitry Kolesnikov began life with a legacy of the sea. He ended it upholding the sea's traditions. Huddled in the cramped aft section of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, with death closing in on him and his men, Kolesnikov began to take notes, as if in a logbook. And he did it in strict maritime fashion, starting and ending with the time. By the end, the light was failing along with his strength. "I'm writing blindly," he scrawled finally.