Seven Trapped on Russian Bathyscaphe
Seven Russian sailors are trapped on board a Russian military deep-diving submersible 50-100 miles south of "Petr", with enough air to last until sometime this weekend; they reportedly got trapped in a fishing net of some type. Japanese ships are apparently on the way, and the Russians have alreay contacted the U.S. for help. I would imagine the DSRV Mystic is probably getting ready to roll from San Diego.
The bathyscaphe, apparently called an AS-28 "Priz", is reportedly about 44 feet long and normally carries a crew of three; it is carrying seven as it took part in a combat training exercise.
Not much more information available now, and I'm off to work, so I won't be able to update until tonight. Here's a story on how DSRV's deploy (with pictures); here's the Google submarine news page. It looks like the Russians have learned the lessons from the loss of the Kursk five years ago and are asking for help early; hopefully we'll have some good news to report on the rescue of the crew sometime this weekend.
Staying at PD...
Update 0548: It looks like the latest-breaking rumors I could find are on this Moscow Times page of Hot News; just keep scrolling down, it should update. Remember, though, it is the Moscow Times...
Update 0605: Here's the latest CNN article; normally, with breaking news stories, they just keep updating the story at the same URL; hopefully they'll do that with this one. From this story:
"A camera sent down in the water shows that during a dive, the vessel's propeller became stuck in a fishing net, snagging further when the crew tried to free it, said Dygalo. Some kind of cable or wire was also involved, he said.
"Russia has requested a vessel from Japan, he said. It was en route to the scene, along with a Russian vessel.
"An official from U.S. Pacific Command said Russia asked the United States to assess what resources it would have available for a rescue.
"Military officials are trying to figure out the best way to rescue the crewmen, who cannot leave the vessel because of its depth..."
Update 1942 05 Aug: Just got home from work. I'll post more after I go through all the information, but in the meantime check out this CNN story with a picture of the Super Scorpio the U.S. is sending from San Diego, this info-packed entry from Citizen Smash, and of course the world's foremost submarine group blog, Ultraquiet No More...