- A Russian Navy research submarine caught fire in Russian waters near the naval base of Severomorsk on Monday, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.
- Fourteen submariners died after being poisoned by burning materials, the agency said, citing Russia’s defence ministry.
- The cause of the fire is not clear.
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A research submarine belonging to the Russian Navy caught fire and killed 14 sailors on board, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported, citing the country’s defence ministry.
The vessel had been studying the ocean floor in Russian territorial waters near the naval base of Severomorsk when it caught fire on Monday, Interfax reported.
The submariners died after being poisoned by burning materials, the news agency said.
The submarine was “designed to study the bottom space and the bottom of the ocean in the interests of the Russian Navy,” Interfax quoted the defence ministry as saying.
The fire has since been put out, but the cause remains unclear. The commander-in-chief of the Russian navy has launched an investigation, Interfax said.
Nobody at the Russian defence ministry in Moscow was available for comment. Business Insider has contacted the Russian embassy in London for comment.
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