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15 Saving a Tiny Motorboat with an Giant Atomic Submarine

Saving a Tiny Motorboat with an Giant Atomic Submarine

Posted on June 9, 2014 by tim


This post is from Oleg, a blogger based in Severodvinsk – a city port on the White Sea where Russian atomic submarines are being built and repaired. He says that more and more often the huge atomic underwater cruisers are being used to rescue civilian boats that get into trouble in storms. This time he shares the story of the small motor boat being rescued by a big submarine and a helicopter.

Through the windshield of the rescue helicopter, you can see an atomic submarine and a small motorboat together, side by side.

The motorboat was in the open seas yesterday, June 8th, on its trip back to its homeport, and ran into a heavy storm. It fast ran out of fuel and was at risk of being overturned by the stormy wind.

So the atomic submarine moved to rescue the boat.

The submarine was used as a shield to protect the boat from the wind while the helicopter crew passed fuel in canisters to the crew of the submarine.

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15 Responses to “Saving a Tiny Motorboat with an Giant Atomic Submarine”

  1. Matjaz says:

    How much must this cost? And who is paying for it. Otherwise very convinient)

  2. Tyson says:

    I was just thinking the same, the cost of aircraft fuel, as well as the running cost of having the Submarine helping that little boat probably way exceeded the cost to replace it.

  3. mitro says:

    Is this submarine one of the 658 class of submarines ?

  4. Kirpitch says:

    No, this is 949A “Voronezh”.

  5. Eno Onmai says:

    The photos are amusing and nice, but ther is nothing special in this and no reason to call for abuse of power or anything.
    The shipmaster has an obligation to render assistance to those in distress at sea without regard to their nationality, status or the circumstances in which they are found. This is a longstanding maritime tradition as well as an obligation enshrined in international law. Compliance with this obligation is essential to preserve the integrity of maritime search and rescue services. It is based on two essential texts:
    (UNCLOS Convention) provides that “ Every State shall require the master of a ship flying its flag, in so far as he can do so without serious danger to the ship, the crew or the passengers:
    (a) to render assistance to any person found at sea in danger of being lost;
    (b) to proceed with all possible speed to the rescue of persons in distress, if informed of their need of assistance, in so far as such action may reasonably be expected of him.”

    (SOLAS Convention) obliges the “master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance, on receiving information from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance, if possible informing them or the search and rescue service that the ship is doing so.…”

  6. Chris Fears says:

    Eno Onmai : This is true. Besides doing this probably gave them something else to occupy themselves with except endlessly patrolling.

    Matjaz: Most likely nothing. It didn’t cost anything for the sub to do this and being part of the country’s naval defense it is kind of their job. All civilized naval countries would do exactly the same.

  7. Matjaz says:

    I see. Thx.

  8. putin says:

    people….. a submarine will rescue a putins friend only… its a russia… corrupt depraved society.this website is a propaganda tool itself.think what u see!!

  9. sinan says:

    Maybe the submarine just happened to be passing from there.

  10. Someone says:

    When a ship sends a mayday signal, any vessel in the area is expected to assist. The submarine probably just happened to be there. The cost of all this is a bit high, yes. But it’s the cost of saving human lives.

  11. Barbar says:

    It’s happened near Severodvinsk, they build and repair this submarines. There are always two or three beauties nearby
    They were not on patrol, just did a seatrials nearby probably.

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