Investigators believe lethal gas was responsible for killing 20 people on board a Russian nuclear submarine at the weekend.Lord God, our power evermore,
With more than 200 servicemen and civilian shipyard workers on board, the submarine was undergoing trials in the Sea of Japan when the fire extinguishing system was activated.
According to a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's investigation committee, as part of that system freon gas was released.
Initial medical reports indicate it was the gas that killed three servicemen and 17 civilians.
An investigation is under way into how and why the system was activated.
A Russian expert has reportedly said that a lack of gas masks among too many untrained civilians may have elevated the death toll in the submarine
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea,
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep.
They were our opponents - and may yet be again. But never our enemies.
Condolences to the families of all those killed. It could have been me under some circumstances, I could have been one of the 17 scumbag civilian contractors killed on this boat, or the dozens killed on the Kursk.
I expect a collection will be made for them via the Sankt Petersberg Submariners Club.