Reports that the cause of the fire in the deep Russian unit was a gas explosion, do not correspond to reality. The information thus commented on in the Ministry of defense of Russia, RIA “Novosti”.
Earlier, Reuters reported that Russia allegedly informed about the incident by the Norwegian Agency for nuclear danger.
“Thanks to the selfless actions of the team the fire in the deep-sea submersible has been eliminated. No notification to the Norwegian side regarding the Russian research submersibles, didn’t go”, – stressed in the Russian defense Ministry.
We will remind that the fire killed 14 people, including seven captains of 1 rank and two people were awarded the title Hero of Russia.
According to preliminary data, the fire started when conducting bathymetry survey machine has measured the depth using the instrumentation system. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin instructed to thoroughly investigate the tragedy and to assist families and friends of the dead sailors.