Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - A Cold War-era Soviet submarine that was being towed to Thailand sank off northwestern Denmark, Danish officials said Tuesday.Comments
There were no people or weapons on board the Whiskey-class submarine when it sank Monday in an area known as Jysk Reef, about 34 miles off the coast of the Jutland peninsula, the Danish navy said.
A tug boat was towing the vessel when it started taking in water, forcing the crew to cut it loose for their own safety, navy spokesman Klaus Randrup Rasmussen said. There was no risk of pollution because the submarine was not carrying any fuel, weapons or other hazardous material, he added.
The Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography issued a warning to other ships in the area because the depth of the wreck was not known.
"It is in an area with a lot of shipping and fishing and cannot be left on the bottom," said Michael Skov, an agency spokesman.
It was not immediately clear where the submarine was coming from. Skov said it was being towed to Thailand, and that the Thai owner was planning to salvage it.
The Soviet Union built more than 200 Whiskey-class submarines during the Cold War, many of which are now being offered for sale by private companies.
In Thailand, the owner of the Jesada Technik Museum in Nakhon Pathom Province told the Bangkok Post last month that he had bought a Russian Whiskey-class submarine for the museum. Danish authorities could not confirm whether that was the vessel that sank Monday.
1- Jutland was the site of a major WWI naval battle. Many ships were sunk there. Wouldn't you think a sunk submarine would pose no danger to shipping or fishing either?
2- Does anyone else find it interesting the Soviets had a whiskey class of submarines? I'd think Vodka Class would have been used.(Maybe it was...)
3- A Soviet submarine as a Thai tourist attraction. Would there really be a market for such an enterprise? I guess male tourists to that country need relief from the Sex tours.(Cue the sarcastic laughter)
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